Dave O'Higgins

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Dave O'Higgins
Born 1 September 1964 (age 52)
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) saxophonist
Instruments saxophone
Years active 1980s to Present
Website http://www.daveohiggins.com

Dave O'Higgins (b. 1 September 1964)[1] is an English jazz saxophonist.

Born in Birmingham, O'Higgins first emerged on the British jazz scene in the 1980s.[2] After playing in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra for three years O'Higgins joined the band of Jim Mullen before moving on to Martin Taylor's band.[3]

O'Higgins performs as a sideman, as the leader of the Dave O'Higgins Quartet and as part of Most Wanted, with trumpeter Graeme Flowers and trombonist Barnaby Dickinson. He is currently Professor of Saxophone at Leeds College of Music and Goldsmiths College.[4]

O'Higgins was the busking saxophone player on the second Mr. Bean episode ("The Return of Mr. Bean") - accompanying Bean as he performed a dance routine to earn money to pay the busker.


Solo and as leader[edit]

  • All Good Things
  • Beats Working For A Living
  • Under The Stone
  • The Secret Ingredient
  • The Grinder’s Monkey
  • Big Shake Up by Dave O’Higgins’ Biggish Band
  • Fast Foot Shuffle
  • Push (Short Fuse)
  • In the Zone (Jazzizit)
  • Sketch Book (with Eric Alexander)(Jazzizit)
  • 2010 Relaxin’ At Mount Lavinia (JVG Productions)
  • 2011 The Devil’s Interval (with Eric Alexander)(JVG Productions)
  • 2012 Got The Real Note (Jazzizit) with the Gascoyne/O’Higgins Quartet
  • 2013 Two Minds Big Band (JVG Productions)
  • 2014 Standards (JVG Productions)
  • 2014 The Real Note vol. 2 (Jazzizit) with the Gascoyne/O’Higgins Quartet

As sideman[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 1 Sep 2014. p. 29. 
  2. ^ Fordham, john (2008-02-22). "Jazz CD: Dave O'Higgins Quartet/Quintet, In the Zone". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  3. ^ "The JP Trio plus Dave O'Higgins Most Wanted". Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  4. ^ "Biography". www.daveohiggins.com. Archived from the original on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2008-04-15.