O'Higgins and Luft Play Monk and Trane

Friday, September 06, 2019

Dave O’Higgins – Tenor saxophone
Rob Luft – Guitar
Scott Flanigan – Organ
Rod Youngs – Drums

This gig will be part of a 40-plus date autumn tour promoting their new CD, O’Higgins and
Luft play Monk and Trane (Ubuntu Music 2019) As an established giant of the UK jazz scene,
Dave O’Higgins’ tenor and soprano sax sounds are highly personal and recognisable and this will be his 21st CD as leader. 

The young "firebrand" Rob Luft is an award winning 25 year old musician from London and has been hailed as one of the UK’s most prominent and talented contemporary jazz guitarists. They will be leading a quartet with Scott Flanigan, one of the foremost
keyboard players on the Irish jazz scene, and the stylish and creative American drummer, composer Rod Youngs.

The repertoire will be made up of Thelonious Monk compositions (expect some rarely heard ones) and tunes played by John Coltrane with special reference to his choice of standards and various collaborations in the 1950s. Both Monk and Trane were “modernists”, but also steeped in swing and the rich tradition of the beboppers. Dave and Rob intend to respect this lineage while putting their own mark on it. Expect some swing, fun, grooves and
moods from this exciting new collaboration.