Leading UK saxophonist Dave O’Higgins returns with a new quartet album and an extensive set of live dates to support its release. The curiously titled It’s Always 9.30 in Zog – “a reference to those moments you feel as if you come from another place. Zog is a planet located in a black hole in the space time continuum where everyone breathes water and it’s always 9:30” – is released on 8 September via O’Higgins’ own JVG label. The album features O’Higgins with longtime bandmates Graham Harvey (piano), Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Sebastiaan de Krom (drums) on a set of hard-driving originals.

The quartet hit the road for gigs on the following dates: Seven Arts, Leeds (2 Sept); Pizza Express, Dean St, London (album launch, 12 Sept); Derngate Theatre, Northampton (15 Sept); Hidden Rooms, Cambridge (28 Sept); Arts Corn Exchange, Dorchester (6 Oct); Marsden Jazz Festival (7 Oct); Talking Heads, Southampton (17 Oct); Crookes Social Club, Sheffield (27 Oct); Crypt, Camberwell, London (29 Oct); Boaters, Kingston (30 Oct); Kings Head, Bexley (3 Nov); Fleece Jazz, Colchester (5 Nov); The Oval Tavern, Croydon (7 Nov); Christ Church, Marlow (8 Nov); Cleethorpes Jazz (10 Nov); Wakefield Rugby Club (15 Nov); Swansea Jazzland (16 Nov); Calstock Arts (18 Nov); Teignmouth Jazz Festival (19 Nov); Hen and Chicken, Bristol (21 Nov); Langholm Arts Centre (22 Nov); Jazz Bar, Edinburgh (22 Nov); Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (24 Nov); Atrium Cafe Bar, Clitheroe (25 Nov); Concert Hall, Rhosygilwen (27 Nov); Ronnie Scott’s, London (Late Show, 27 Nov); Guildhall, Derby (1 Dec); Beaver Inn, Appledore (4 Dec); Western Hotel, St Ives (5 Dec); Jazz Club, St Austell (6 Dec); Albany Social Club, Coventry (7 Dec); The Verdict, Brighton (8 Dec) and 606 Club, London (9 Dec). O’Higgins will also be conducting several masterclasses during the tour at the following venues: Leeds College of Music, Leeds (20 Oct); Guildhall, London (27 Oct); London College of Creative Media, London (14 Nov) and RNCM, Manchester (20 Nov). For more info visit www.daveohiggins.com

– Mike Flynn

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