From classical music, to Latin funk, to a French twist, join us for our first jazz evening “in the round” with the fantastic Paul Higgs Quintet in concert, playing from his critically acclaimed album, Pavane!
‘Pavane’ is a collection of original compositions that blur the boundaries between classical and jazz. Each piece shows us a new soundscape, and the exquisite sound of Paul’s trumpet transports us through each one in turn. 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.
Since joining the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at age 14, Paul Higgs has gone on to play a major role as a composer and arranger. His style emphasizes lyrical melodies, as opposed to more angular forms of jazz.
As a young man he was renowned for his skill, working with such luminaries as Johnny Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Peggy Lee, Buddy Greco, John Williams and Shorty Rogers. Paul was a Musical Director and Composer at the National Theatre and the RSC for 24 years, playing at concert halls and theatres around the world, including the Royal Festival Hall, the Schubert Theatre (USA), the Berlin Concert Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, and Ronnie Scott’s.
The evening features Paul and his Quintet playing compositions from the album, plus some well-known favourites, made famous by Chet Baker, Clifford Brown and Miles Davis, and all of them guaranteed to quicken the pulse.
The album reached No.1 in the One World Music Charts, and as Chris Spector of Midwest Records wrote ‘Here we have a world class trumpet player…one of those who can mix jazz and classical into a well-simmered brew. This is a fine example of first class stuff by a first class guy’.
The performance will take place in the auditorium with seating “in the round”. Early booking recommended!
Featuring Paul Higgs – trumpet, Natalie Rozario – cello, Andy Watson – guitar, Chris Ingham – piano, George Double – drums, Marianne Windham – bass
Tickets £15 from the Box Office on 01483 501200 or online here