". . . the album may well also appeal to listeners who dip in and out of light classical music as much as they do styles of jazz that have their compass set firmly from the example of the early balladic side of Miles Davis onwards." - Marlbank News.

 

"Paul Higgs is a world class trumpet player and composer, and this collection conclusively proves the point."

- Digby Fairweather

Paul Higgs’ original compositions for Pavane (which, on its release, reached No 1 in the One World Music Charts) blur the boundaries between classical and jazz. From the sense of romantic longing in A Simple Truth, through the rising elegiac quality and counterpoint of Crystalline, to the haunting mystery of Catalonia, Pavane takes us on an inspiring musical journey. 

Paul is renowned as one of the UK’s leading trumpet players and composers. Blending the traditions of classical and jazz, he has the rare ability to capture the most elusive of dreams in his music, expressing subtle emotions and bold, exciting energy with equal ease. Melodies soar and float, while rich harmonies create shadows and depths beneath. 

As well as an extensive musical career in many fields, including performing, composing and arranging music for film, TV and theatre, Paul was Musical Director for many years for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. His understanding of musical genres and composition, coupled with his exceptional skills as a performer, ensure that he is very much in demand.

Aside from performing with luminaries including Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Peggy LeeSir John Dankworth, Buddy GrecoLulu, Tony Hatch, John Williams, Nancy Wilson and Shorty Rodgers, Paul has also played major concert venues around the world, such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Schubert Theatre (USA), Berlin Concert Hall and Royal Albert Hall.

Paul Higgs (Trumpet), Andy Watson (Classical Guitar), Chris Ingham (Piano), Natalie Rozario (Cello), Jerome Davies (Double Bass), George Double (Drums).

Tickets: £15 / £13 Concessions

Doors: 6.45pm. Starts 7.30pm

"Incredibly, the end product incorporates just enough of both genres to avoid offending

aficionados of either form . . . a triumph for the composer, arranger and trumpet player. Delightful." - Bebop Spoken Here.

 

"In frenetic times, Pavane escorts the listener to a softly lit, secluded space, with music to soothe and salve the mind and body."

Frank Griffith, London Jazz News