Grant Stewart and Dave O'Higgins Quartet at Herts Jazz Club concert
PUBLISHED: 20:55 11 March 2016 | UPDATED: 20:55 11 March 2016
There is a rare opportunity to see one of the most influential tenor sax players of the contemporary jazz scene in Welwyn Garden City this weekend.
Grant Stewart will be performing with the Dave O’Higgins Quartet at Herts Jazz Club on Sunday night.
After nine formative years of intense learning and playing in his hometown of Toronto, the 19-year-old Grant took his saxophone and bought a flight to New York.
Once there, he did things his own way from day one. He decided his best bet would be to seek tutelage from musicians he liked, such as trumpeter Donald Byrd, pianist Barry Harris and saxophonist Joe Lovano.
He is, perhaps, a prime example of an accomplished jazz musician who never attended a formal college.
Instead, he devoted his time to transcribing and to studying alone, and it wasn’t long before his efforts began to pay off.
Since then, he has recorded 12 records as a leader and has performed with many prominent jazz artists, among them singers Jon Hendricks and Etta Jones, and pianist Brad Mehldau.
He will play with the fabulous Dave O’Higgins Quartet in Screen 2 of the Garden City Cinema / Hawthorne Theatre complex on Sunday.
Like Grant, Dave O’Higgins will be on tenors, with Graham Harvey on piano, Simon Woolf on bass, and Sebastiaan de Krom on drums.
Advance tickets for this special Herts Jazz concert cost £3 students, £10 members, £13 concessions and £14 full.
Gig tickets on the night cost more, with walk-ups £5 students, £12 members, £15 concessions and £16 full.
The concert starts at 7.30pm.
Book online at www.hertsjazz.co.uk/gigs.html