Preview: Dave O'Higgins's 33-date tour

In support of his 19th album, It's Always 9.30 In Zog, saxophonist Dave O'Higgins takes his quartet on a 33-date British tour this autumn

O'Higgins (pictured right) has been on the jazz scene for over 30 years and has performed with Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and John Dankworth among many others. His latest album, It's Always 9.30 In Zog, features his own compositions - influenced by the likes of Jerry Bergonzi, 70s Chick Corea, hard bop and blues - alongside four other tunes including Brixton, written for O'Higgins by Brazilian accordionist Chico Chagas.

O'Higgins recorded the album (to be released on 8 September on his own JVG label) with his regular quartet of the last six years: Graham Harvey on piano, Geoff Gascoyne on bass and Sebastiaan de Krom on drums.

Dave, the current owner of Joe Henderson's 1957 Selmer Mk6 tenor, is the subject of a My Instruments feature in the September issue of Jazz Journal where he discusses his saxophone collection, mouthpieces and microphones.

As to the question on the lips of jazz lovers across the planet - where and what is Zog? - O'Higgins offers "...two fanciful answers: 1. It’s an allegorical title that refers to an alien’s perception of the daft carry on that is human life; 2. Refers to those moments you feel as if you come from another place. Zog is a planet located in a black hole in the space time continuum where everyone breathes water and it's always 9:30".

There's no need to travel to Zog in order to hear O'Higgins and his quartet live. The band embarks on an extensive British tour in September, including an album launch gig at Pizza Express, Soho, on Tuesday 12 September.

The tour dates are as follows (please note, some venues are to be confirmed):

2 - Allerton Festival, Leeds
12 - Pizza Express, Dean St
15 - Derngate Theatre, Northampton
28 - Hidden Rooms, Cambridge

6 - Dorchester Arts
7 - Marsden Jazz Festival
17 - Southampton Jazz Club
20 - Crookes Social Club, Sheffield
27 - Crypt, Camberwell
29 - Boaters, Kingston
30 - Kings Head, Bexley

3 - Fleece Jazz, Colchester
5 - The Oval Tavern, Croydon
7 - Christ Church, Marlow
8 - Cleethorpes
10 - Wakefield Rugby Club
15 - Swansea Jazzland
16 - Calstock Arts
18 - Teignmouth Jazz Festival
19 - Hen and Chicken, Bristol
21 - Langholm Arts Centre
22 - Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
23 - Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
24 - Clitheroe
25 - Rhosygilwen Mansion
27 - Ronnie Scott’s late show

1 - Guildhall, Derby
4 - Beaver Inn, Appledore
5 - Western Hotel, St Ives
6 - St Austell
7 - Coventry
8 - The Verdict, Brighton
9 - 606 Club, London

For further details, please visit the Dave O'Higgins website.

Text by Bruce Lindsay, photos by Christine Ongsiek

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