Dave O’Higgins Jazz Improvisation Workshop

Dave O’Higgins Jazz Improvisation Workshop – 7th / 8th May 2022

Durlston Court School, Barton on Sea, Hampshire.
jazz improvisation

We are pleased to welcome Dave O’Higgins to JazzSmart, one of the UK’s most recognisable names in jazz, for a two day jazz improvisation workshop on May 7th/8th 2022.

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.

Dave is a highly regarded educator at the London College of Contemporary Media, where he is the Jazz Pathway Leader, and received a nomination for ‘Best Tenor Sax Player’ in the 2018 British Jazz Awards.

Dave has worked with some of the world’s finest musicans, including: Joey Calderazzo, Joe Locke, Dave Kikowski, Eric Alexander, Grant Stewart, Max Ionata, Phil Dwyer, Adam Nussbaum, Joe Lovano, Phil Woods, Jimmy Smith, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee, Kurt Elling, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Gomez, Billy Childs, Abdullah Ibrahim, Chico Chagas, Stephane Grappelli, Michel Legrand. He has released 20 CDs as leader to date. He also wrote and produced the last Matt Bianco album, “Gravity”.

“O’Higgins plays with quite exceptional fluency and his fund of ideas never runs out.”
The Observer

“A stunning player in the neo-bop vein, with an apparently effortless flow of coherent ideas, beautiful time and a highly developed harmonic sense.”


Other regular bands over the years include:

  • Darius Brubeck Quartet

  • Brubecks Play Brubeck

  • John Dankworth and Cleo Laine

  • Jim Mullen

  • Martin Taylor’s Spirit of Django

  • Jamie Cullum

  • Kyle Eastwood

  • BBC Big Band

  • Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra

Dave O'Higgins Saxophone

Open to the following instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Guitar. We also have available a space for drums/bass/keys but please check suitability before booking for one of these instruments. Limited spaces available as it’s an improvisation workshop.

Based again at Durlston Court School on the Dorset / Hampshire border, with excellent facilities in a purpose built music block. Priced competitively at £135 for two days including a hot lunch, hot and cold refreshments. We cater for needs such as vegetarian, gluten intolerance etc.

We have now set it up for you to be able to book easier than ever before. Book via ticketsource fast and secure. Alternatively if you have any questions on the suitability of this course for you we will be happy to help. Contact at info@jazzsmart.com or by calling 07708 091675 and we will be happy to discuss your needs further.

We have also organised for Dave and his quartet to perform a gig at New Forest Arts on 7th May. Booking will be direct with New Forest Arts. More details soon!

– Major scales at least up to 5 sharps/flats
– Grade 3 reading ability
– Understanding of a blues form
– Familiarity with some classic Blue Note jazz recordings from 50s & 60s
– Familiarity of chord symbols (major, dominant, minor) including ii V I progression advantageous
You will need to bring your own instrument and instrument stand.
Participants of all ages are welcome. Please note: Participants under 18 will need to provide parent/ guardian contact details.
We provide a scrumptious hot lunch each day (prepared by our professional chef) and hot/cold refreshments for the breaks.
The cost of this workshop for two days is only £135.
Times for the workshop are as follows:

Arrive: 9.30am onwards
Session one: 10am – 11.15am
Morning break: 11.15am – 11.45am
Session two: 11.45am – 1pm
Lunch: 1pm – 2pm
Session three: 2pm – 3pm
Afternoon break: 3pm – 3.30pm
Session four: 3.30pm – 4.30pm