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The JP Trio plus Dave O'Higgins Most Wanted
JAMES PEARSON TRIO:
The owner of a ferocious piano technique coupled with a sense of musicality rarely heard, James is one of the most exciting to musicians to have emerged from the U.K in the last 25 years. After working with him, British jazz legend Sir John Dankworth recently declared: "James Pearson is an exceptionally gifted artist. His masterful playing makes him head and shoulders above the rest of his contemporaries. He shows signs of true greatness" stunning in both visual beauty and vocal range she has the ability to take a song to seldom heard heights and leave an audience breathless with devotion.
When not on tour Dave teaches at London's Guildhall, the Royal Academy and the Universities of Natal and Cape Town in South Africa, a country in which he spends a lot of time, usually working with local musicians. O'Higgin’s first influence was Wilton Felder of the Crusaders, then Charlie Parker and shortly afterwards the rest of bebop. Three years with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra saw his sax skills develop rapidly. An early education with Jim Mullen's band guided his musical sensibilities, and when Martin Taylor took him under his wing, other attributes were instilled into him - how to become a supreme showman for example.
A hard worker brimming with confidence, Mr O'Higgins has pushed his solo career on apace. Dave has never been one of jazz's whiners, and continues to disprove the argument that jazz is elitist and never makes money. Though still a young musician he is using even younger blood in his Biggish Band, gigging around the world, and in the UK this summer on an Arts Council sponsored tour. His musical influences are now many and varied, and all are worn on his
sleeve in his thoroughly enjoyable shows.