Trinity Buoy Wharf Live! 2020: Dave O’Higgins and Rob Luft Quartet

06 May 2020 - 06 May 2020

6pm- 10pm

Trinity Buoy Wharf, The Electrician's Shop Gallery



Following the Government’s advice that all non-essential travel and socialising should stop to help contain the spread of the Coronavirus, we have made a decision to postpone "Trinity Buoy Wharf Live: Dave O'Higgins and Rob Luft Quartet" to Autumn this year, subject to artists' availability. Exact date will be announced in due course. 


"Trinity Buoy Wharf Live!" presents Jazz Wednesdays, featuring Dave O’Higgins and Rob Luft Quartet – “Play Monk and Trane”

Dave O’Higgins - tenor saxophone
Rob Luft - guitar
Ross Stanley - organ
Rod Youngs - drums

The evening will be part of a substantial 40-plus date autumn tour promoting their new album "O’Higgins and Luft play Monk and Trane" (Ubuntu Music 2019)

For established giant of the UK jazz scene, O’Higgins, this will be his 21st album as leader. For young “firebrand” Rob Luft, this will be his 2nd. They will be leading a quartet with English organist, Ross Stanley and American drummer, Rod Youngs. The repertoire will be made up of Thelonious Monk compositions (expect some rarely heard ones!) and tunes played by John Coltrane with especial reference to his choice of standards and various collaborations in the 1950s.

Both Monk and Trane were “modernists”, but also steeped in swing and the rich tradition of the beboppers. Dave and Rob intend to respect this lineage whilst putting their own mark on it. Expect some swing, fun, grooves and moods from this exciting new collabora-tion.

Watch the album trailer video: 


Dave O’Higgins’ tenor and soprano sax sounds are highly personal and recognisable, with a clear sense of melodic development and adventure.  He is a highly regarded educator at the LCCM, where he is the Jazz Pathway Leader.   Dave also runs a small specialist jazz recording studio (JVG), in search of the optimum way of recording jazz musicians through a combination of old techniques (á la Rudy Van Gelder) and newer innovations.

Nominated Best Tenor Sax 2018 British Jazz Awards

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

Rob Luft is an award-winning 25-year-old musician from London, and has been described as one of the UK’s most prominent and talented young contemporary jazz guitarists. Praised by The Times ‘to achieve great things in the future’, Rob was the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize in association with Edition Records, and he also received the 2nd Prize in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition. His debut album, “Riser”, was released in July 2017, to widespread critical acclaim from the Europe-an jazz media. John Fordham wrote in The Guardian that it’s a “very sophisticated debut, but given Luft’s old-soul achievements since his early teens, we should have heard it coming”.

Nominated “British Jazz Musician of the year” - Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018 

“Breakthrough Act of the year” -  Jazz FM Awards 2018

“The virtuosity of the three [guitarists Al di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia] is reminiscent of the 23-year-old Londoner Rob Luft, who is celebrated as a new ‘Wunder-kind’” – Spiegel Online (Germany)

☆☆☆☆ "thoughtfully virtuosic head-turner" The Guardian  | ☆☆☆☆ "an original guitarist to be prized"  The Irish Times

Ross Stanley is a pianist and organist who was born in 1982 in Frimley, England. Awarded an organ scholarship to Marlborough College, he then completed a BMUS in classical and jazz piano at Guildhall in 2004.

Ross’s musical skills have kept him in high demand ever since, seeing him play with jazz names such as Will Vinson, Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Michael Janisch, Joel Frahm, Liane Carroll, Stan Sulzman, Steve Arguelles, John Paracelli, Bobby Wellins and Clark Tracey. 

He has been a regular member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio, the Mark McKnight Organ Quartet and the Jacqui Dankworth band and performing in many small and large ensem-bles including Nostalgia 77 Octet and The Heritage Orchestra. Ross has also toured with Steve Howe Trio, Deodato and has recorded for Goldie, US3, Trevor Horn and Simply Red among others. Ross is a Hammond endorsee

Rod Youngs is a London-based drummer, composer, who seamlessly moves from one genre to another, always preserving stylistic conventions whilst bringing creativity and individuality. A native of Washington D.C., Rod recalls his first exposure to live music: “My dad man-aged some of Washington’s foremost R & B groups and would occasionally take me along to gigs/recording sessions….”

Rod has a uniquely identifiable style, loose-limbed and giving everything a great sense of swing. It is a style that incorporates influences across the board from Sid Catlett to Tony Williams, but centres in the great post-Bop drummers of the 50s. He got a Bachelor of Music Degree from Howard University and in1985 he was chosen to study jazz performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. under the tu-telage of Keith Copeland. Even before the completion of his formal training, Rod’s reputation as an exceptional musician led to him being invited to tour with jazz pianist/vocalist Les McCann and R ’n’ B vocalist Angela Bofil.

Since those early years Rod’s consummate musicianship has garnered him a wide varie-ty of work from concerts and recordings to sessions for radio, TV and film. He has become the drummer of choice for a formidable array of artists and groups including, Gil Scott-Heron, Lee Konitz, Sia, Courtney Pine, Jon Hendricks, Hugh Masekela, Carleen Anderson, Craig Handy, Natalie Cole, Bennie Maupin, Mica Paris, Denys Baptiste, Abdullah Ibrahim, Juliet Roberts, Julian Joseph, BBC Concert Orchestra, Ronnie Laws, Jocelyn Brown, Robin Eubanks and Jazz Jamaica All Stars amongst others.

In addition to performing, Rod is actively involved in music education. He has served as an instructor on the Glamorgan University jazz course and has conducted performance workshops for Southampton University, Tomorrow’s Warriors Organisation, Serious Inter-national Music Producers and The Round House. He currently provides private instruc-tion for students of all levels and ages and serves as a guest artist at the Planet Drum School and the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy.


  • 6pm: Venue and bar open
  • 7pm: Set 1
  • 8pm- 8.30pm: Interval
  • 8.30pm- 9.30pm Set 2
  • 10pm: Event ends


BAR: The Electrician's Shop bar will be open from 6pm- 10pm

FOOD: Trinity Buoy Wharf's Orchard Cafe will operate a take away service, taking orders at the bar between 6pm- 7.30pm. Orders will be delivered to your table during the interval.

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