Gigs 2022- 23

1st September 2022 - Music of Dudley Moore with the Chris Ingham Quartet. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

4th September 2022 - With Chris Ingham and Dudley @ Frinton Jazz Club.

14th Setember 2022 - Brown and Blue @Jazz 825 at Southend-on-sea

16th September 2022 Brown and Blue, The music of Clifford Brown and Blue Mitchell @ Chicester Jazz Club.

18th September 2022 - with Simon Brown's "Beyond Cantaloupe @The Hatfield Hotel Norwich.

20th 21st and 22nd September 2022 - Storyville Steamers @ Docklands

25th September 2022 Shades Of Miles @ Chiddingstone Castle

8th October 2022 - A Brief History Of Jazz @ Lincoln Jazz Club

9th October 2022 - Jazz Mass @ Lincoln Cathedral with Chris Ingham Quartet.

13th October 2022 - With Ross Mitchell International Ballroom Dancing Championships € The Royal Albert Hall.

22nd October 2022 - Rebop at Hadleigh Jazz Club Suffolk.

27th October 2022 - Rebop, Horace, Diss Jazz Club.

1st November 2022 - with Catherine Lima @ Annies Jazz Club Southend

5th November 2022 - with Chris Ingham, Hoagy. Loughton Jazz centre.

10th November 2022 - Rebop @ Piano, Smithfield.

15th - 16th November 2022 - Storyville Steamers @ Docklands.

20th November 2022 - Brown and Blue @ The Stables Wavendon.

25th November 2022 - Cult TV. Jazz @ The CAA Club, Covent Garden.

26th November 2022 - with Martin John @ Quaglinos, London.

27th November 2022 - with Gramme Culham @ Upwell Jazz Club.

20th December 2022 - with Heather Simmons @ Annies Jazz Club Southend-on-sea

31st December 2022 - with Martin John @ Quaglinos, London.


4th January 2023 - @ Belvedere Jazz Club, Essex Hot Five.

15th Jan 2023 - Shades Of Miles @ Ipswich Jazz Club.

22nd January 2023 - Catherine Lima music of Peggy Lee @ Ronnie Scotts.

24th January 2023 - Catherine Lima music of Peggy Lee @ Annies Jazz Club Southend.

28th January 2023 - with Chris Ingham, Hoagy. Palace Centre, Ibstock, Lincs.

5th February 2023 - with Dan Forshaw at Cambridge Arts Theatre.

9th February 2023 - with Chris Ingham, Hoagy @ The Civic, Stourport, Worcester.

1st March 2023 - Storyville Steamers @ Docklands.

4th March 2023 - with Chris Ingham, Hoagy @ Wing Community Centre, Committe, Rutland.

17th March 2023 - Catherine Lima music of Peggy Lee @ Highams Park

19th April 2023 - Chris Ingham, Dudley@ The Concorde Club, nr. Southampton.

21st April 2023 - Chris Ingham, Hoagy 2 (new show)@ The Hunter Club Bury St Edmonds.

25th April 2023 - OB's JAzz Club Brentwood.

10th May 2023 - Storyville Steamers @ Docklands.

19th May 2023 - Brown and Blue @ Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden.

4th June 2023 - Pangbourne Jazz Club- A Brief History Of Jazz with Brian Greene.

11th June 2023 - With Tony Totts @ Rochester.

13th July 2023 - Shades Of Miles @Dorchester Arts Centre


Wakefield Jazz Club Review

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The Oxford Times Review

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Pavane review in Audiophile News

New review by Tony Andrews
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**** Observer Review of Chris Ingham Quartet Dudley Album.....

"Unfailingly tuneful and spiced with gentle harmonic guile...Dudley would have been delighted" **** OBSERVER.
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"Swing, humour and poignancy...a jazz joy" **** MOJO

"A delightful CD...a worthy tribute to one of the British jazz piano greats by a British jazz pianist who ain't no slouch either" BEBOP SPOKEN HERE

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CD of the week - The Lady magazine

Review - 'Pavane', the album: “You don’t normally associate the word ‘beguiling’ with the sound of a trumpet, but this CD by celebrated trumpeter and composer Paul Higgs is just that. By turns romantic and haunting, but always insistent, Paul’s compositions mix the genres of classical music and jazz with the grandeur of a film score.” GS, The Lady, 21/2/14:CD OF THE WEEK; PAVANE:


London Jazz News - Frank Griffith

Trumpeter, pianist, composer Paul Higgs, has produced a gently atmospheric melange of classical, jazz and new age vignettes. The eleven tracks that comprise Pavane, each about four minutes in length, subtly woo the listener in, with a combination of plainsong trumpet melodies supported by an evocative wash of cello and viola countermelodies ably played by Helen Yousaf. The trickly and wistful classical guitar broodings from Andy Watson score highly as well.

The collection feels more like a forty-five minute suite rather than a variety of distinctive compositions. A remarkable effect results from delivering changing sound palettes and tempi throughout ,yet unified by an overarching almost trance-like ethos.

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

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Bebop Spoken Here - Lance Liddle

Paul Higgs is a new name to me although he has such jazz luminaries as Digby Fairweather and Dave Gelly, among others, in his corner.
Musical Director and Composer at the National Theatre and the RSC for 24 years Higgs also worked with notable names such as Dankworths John and Cleo, Peggy Lee, Al Martino, Buddy Greco, Shorty Rogers and Rosemary Clooney (cited as George Clooney's aunt. I always think of George Clooney as Rosie's nephew!).
An impressive pedigree built upon his acceptance by NYJO at age 14. Bill Ashton, then MD of NYJO, referred to him as "One of the most gifted composers and arrangers ever to have been involved with NYJO" - praise indeed.
Pavane is an album of original compositions that blend the genres of jazz and classical music.
Oh dear, I thought, where have I heard that before?!
I needn't have worried - it works a treat. Incredibly, the end product incorporates just enough of both genres to avoid offending aficionados of either form.
No dirty blues or stratospheric screeching, just pure melodic creation.
At times the Miles/Gil Evans collaborations are fleetingly suggested and tone-wise Chris Botti comes to mind but, overall, this is a triumph for the composer, arranger and trumpet player.
It's neither hot nor cool - just comfortably warm.
On a personal note; my late parents, with whom I had many heated arguments on the jazz v classics issue, would have enjoyed listening to this.

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A new album by Paul Higgs, who is best-known as a trumpet player, but on his Pavane CD he also plays piano, composes all the material, arranges and produces. There are several things that set this album apart from the pack. The first is that the music is great, but not easily categorized (contemporary classical? modern jazz? instrumental showtunes? soundtrack sounds in search of a film? or a bit of all of that?). The second thing is that, unlike most jazz and pop-rock horn players, Higgs does not feel compelled to play fast, uptempo numbers (no boogie or funk or anything like the band Chicago did in their prime). No, generally Higgs plays very slow which gives each drawn-out note much emotionally resonance. This is music with feeling, passion, a heartbeat, an inner spirit.

This would be perfect music to put on at your next dinner party, especially if there are some upper-crust folks in the crowd (people who occasionally go to the symphony or out to plays). Higgs is a class-act just waiting to class up your next get-together. You heard it here first.

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Blessed with superb tone, Higgs’ soundworld on his own compositions exist in Claus Ogerman-meets-Mark Isham-like musical situations, as they’re highly romantic, melodic and communicative. But if someone set words to ‘Clocks’, it would be perfect for a singer such as Christopher Cross. You won’t however find big improvisational flights of fancy or extended solos here as that’s not the point although there is a jazz sensibility at play. ‘Shadows and Desire’ is my pick of the tunes with its Metheny-esque Secret Story-like atmosphere, and 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. The exposition of the themes, very strong movie-quality ones at that, and their decorative interpretation, is the preferred approach, whether it’s heard in the light classical style of ‘Crystalline’ or the sentimental ‘The Glow of Evening.’ SG

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Buzz Music

There is a new CD out (called Pavane) by Paul Higgs, one of the Englands top trumpet players. He has a beautiful smooth flowing tone, writes lovely melodies, and plays with excellent musicians. But the interesting thing about this instrumental all-acoustic recording is that Higgs plays so slowly, gently and emotionally which allows the music to work as new age, neo-classical and gentle jazz.

Higgs has always moved with ease between the worlds of stage-play music (UK National Theatre), jazz, classical, new age music, film and television scores, and Peggy Lee-era pop music. You will hear a bit of all of this in his music, but mostly it is simply beautiful music that has widespread appeal.

Higgs also performs all the piano parts on the CD, and he is pretty darn good at that too.

So take a listen and treat yourself to some wonderful instrumental music.

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Midwest Record

Here we find ourselves with a world class trumpet player that we're not familiar with and would like to be. One of those cats that can mix jazz and classical into a well simmered brew, this isn't like the 50s take on jazz/classical. Modern without going new age along the way, this is simply fine music deftly and expertly presented. Tasty throughout setting a new highwater mark for sitting down music in general, Higgs seems like he can play anything and be on the money at all times. Not a hell raiser and not easy listening, this is a fine example of first class stuff by a first class guy.

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Prepared Pianola for Roger Bannister

Paul's composition for Mel Brimfield at the Whitechapel Gallery.
A new commission for the Government Art Collection was on display at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Brimfield's 4' 33" (Prepared Pianola for Roger Bannister) is a playful interactive sculpture that takes as its starting point the experimental music and performances of John Cage and British athlete Roger Bannister's fourth-placed position in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. A multi-layered score with echoes of everything from the British National Anthem to BBC TV's Ski Sunday theme tune has been specially composed for the project."

There's a big red button to press, which causes a klaxon and various bells to sound, Then the pianola automatically plays a "tune" based on Bannister's race at the Helsinki Olympics, breaking into snippets of the various national anthems of whoever was leading at that particular time into the race.

A 1920s Steck pianola, a 'ball run' incorporating percussion instrument and musical horns combine to play a composition inspired by the athletes' performance in the race and the experimental music of John Cage.

The work celebrates the 1952 Helsinki Olympic race where British athlete Roger Bannister came fourth -- just missing out on a medal -- but spurring him on in his goal of breaking the four-minute mile two years later.

"I think there's something quite British about noble striving rather than success," said Ms Brimfield. "I wanted to make some sort of monument to that and this is the story of this race."


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