Shrewsbury Jazz Network presents Dave O’Higgins Trio

Dave O’Higgins (tenor sax), Pete Whittaker (Hammond organ), Sebastiaan de Krom (drums).

A grey November will be considerably brightened by an infectiously swinging and joyous celebration of the wonderful African American tradition we know as jazz; swing, blues, melody and harmony, performed by three musicians at the top of their game. They will play a mixture of standards and jazz tunes from down the years, plus a couple of originals. There will be respectful nods in the direction of Dexter Gordon, Jimmy Smith, Coltrane, Rollins and Sinatra along with lashings of O’Higgins, Whittaker and de Krom! 

Dave O’Higgins has honed his jazz chops through 16 albums as leader, years on the road and in the studio with some of the most well-known names in the business; Joe Locke, Ray Charles, Ronnie Scott's Allstars, Jimmy Smith, and Frank Sinatra top the impressive list. He also leads, writes and arranges for the Two Minds Big Band, teaches saxophone, harmony and improvisation at the London Centre for Contemporary Music and runs a specialist jazz recording studio where he records, engineers, mixes and masters work by some of the finest jazz musicians.  Recent gigs have seen him featuring within the Darius Brubeck Quartet and once again collaborating with Alan Barnes.

Pete Whittaker is originally from Wolverhampton and studied music at the University of East Anglia. He got into jazz through touring the world with rock bands The Wonder Stuff and The Catherine Wheel. Inspired by the Hammond legend, Jimmy Smith, he has now become the go-to UK jazz organ specialist and works regularly with the Nigel Price Organ Trio, (won "Best Ensemble" in 2010 British Parliamentary Jazz Awards), Gareth Lockrane’s  Grooveyard, Jim Mullen and Liane Carroll.


Sebastiaan de Krom comes from Holland. He studied at Berklee School of Music and lives in both London & Belgium. He was with Jamie Cullum’s band for about 8 years, and currently tours with Ray Gelato, Steve Grossman and Diane Schuur. He is one of the most in-demand jazz drummers in Europe and has played with many legendary jazz musicians including Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and John Scofield. Sebastian teaches at Leeds College of Music, BIMM, and was recently appointed Musical Director of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. The NYJO played at the Walker Theatre in Shrewsbury earlier this year. 



“swing enough to make your toes curl”  Jazzwise 

“Dazzling post-bop tenorist with a magnificent range and a dramatic turn of phrase.” The Guardian