Strictly Smokin Big Band with Dave O'Higgins Celebrating 20 Years


We can't quite believe that SSBB in it's various forms has been on the go now for 20 years - but sure enough Michael set this band up in 2002 and it's been running ever since!

We're getting in touch with as many previous members as we can to have a big celebration at our favourite venue: Hoochie Coochie, also featuring saxophone legend Dave O'Higgins!

Dave O’Higgins’ tenor and soprano sax sounds are highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure. A popular performer with the public, with an excellent sense of pacing and presentation, he has a wide palette from Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson through to Stanley Turrentine and Michael Brecker. He has relentlessly pursued artistic and sonic exploration and development with a deep respect for the tradition of the music.

Along with his own large ensembles: 'Abstract Truth Big Band' and 'Two Minds Big Band' - Dave has worked with some of the world’s finest musicans, including: Joey Calderazzo, Joe Locke, Joe Lovano, Phil Woods, Jimmy Smith, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee, Kurt Elling, Wayne Shorter, Abdullah Ibrahim, Stephane Grappelli, Michel Legrand. He has released 21 CDs as leader to date and wrote and produced the last Matt Bianco album, “Gravity”.

Also on the CV: Frank Sinatra (the last London appearance - a week at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992) and a tour and album with Ray Charles (Strong Love Affair).


Enjoy code: 369988
Target groups
Elderly, Adult, Youth
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Available tickets

23/10 2022 4:00pm
Hoochie Coochie 54 Pilgrim Street NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Provided by The List