O’Higgins & Luft Quartet

O'Higgins & Luft Quartet

Oct 28th | Doors 7:30pm | O’Higgins & Luft Quartet


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This is straight-ahead modern Jazz in the African-American tradition, clearly coming from the Monk and Trane lineage, but not bound to emulating it. You will hear Luft easily morphing Wes Montgomery with Bill Frisell, his own trademark soundscapes and worldly influences, while O’Higgins’ emotive melodies evoke Dexter, Trane, Joe Henderson and Brecker, with a melodic logic of his own.

Dave O’Higgins – Tenor Saxophone
Rob Luft – Guitar
Misha Mullov-Abaddo – Bass
Rod Youngs – Drums


OHiggins and & Luft: Pluto (Ubuntu Music)

One suspects the eponymous planetoid doesn’t pursue its orbit quite with the kind of excellently boisterous swing generated by tenor saxophonist Dave O’Higgins, guitarist Rob Luft and company in this, their second co-led album. Together with pianist Ross Stanley, bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado and drummer Rod Youngs, they gel with pretty unstoppable creative energy. Recorded in an afternoon, with no overdubs, the album exudes a sense of delight in making music together 

Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman

Some of the warmest, most heartfelt more-or-less-straight-ahead jazz you’ll hear anywhere


Saxophonist Dave O’Higgins has 24 albums as leader to his credit. The last Ubuntu release “That’s the Way to Live” (2021) has had great reviews in the Observer, Jazzwise, BBC Magazine & many online jazz sites. In 2017 “It’s Always 9:30 in Zog” was nominated for best CD (British Jazz Awards) & Dave for best tenor saxophonist. O’Higgins & Luft were nominated for best band in 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Dave serves on the faculty at the London College of Contemporary Music. He currently performs with the Harvey / O’Higgins Project, O’Higgins & Luft, Darius Brubeck Quartet, and the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra. Dave also wrote and produced the 2017 Matt Bianco album, “Gravity” and tours with the band as saxophonist & musical director.

Rob Luft is an award-winning 29-year-old jazz guitarist from London whose virtuosity has been compared to that of six-string legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucia. He was the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Prize from the Royal Academy of Music, and he also received 2nd Prize in the 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition at Montreux Jazz Festival. His debut album, “Riser”, was released on Edition Records in 2017 to widespread acclaim from the European media. In May 2019, Rob was selected as a BBC New Generation Jazz Artist in conjunction with BBC Radio 3.


  • Date : Sat, 28 Oct
  • Time : 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm (UTC+0)
  • Venue : Jazz Club

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