Dave O'Higgins Atlantic Bridge Quartet

DAVE O’HIGGINS Atlantic Bridge Quartet

Dave O’Higgins - tenor sax

Jeb Patton - piano

Clovis Nicolas - bass

Luca Santaniello - drums

Dave was in New York playing at the Lincoln Centre with the Brubecks Play Brubeck in April 2016. Whilst in town he heard Luca Santaniello playing drums with Jerry Weldon, and was so impressed by his depth of swing and dynamic control, they resolved to work together at the earliest opportunity. This new group brings together some of the great new emerging talent now relocated to NYC from around the world. They will be playing new compositions from the latest Dave O’Higgins Quartet recording, “It’s Always 9.30 in Zog” (JVG Productions 2017). Expect hip, swinging contemporary straight-ahead jazz - in the tradition yet full of surprises.

Saxophonist Dave O’Higgins, born 1964 in Birmingham, England to an Irish / Mexican father and English mother, is one of the most prolific and creative jazz musicians the UK has ever produced, with 19 albums released as leader since 1993. Much of the material has been original compositions and arrangements, with lineups from small group to big band, acoustic and electric. Having studied music at The City University in London, Dave’s first big breaks were with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, and Icelandic jazz-funk band, Mezzoforte. Dave is a busy guest soloist across the globe, runs a small jazz recording studio, and is Jazz Pathway course leader at the London College of Contemporary Media.

Some of the artists Dave has worked with include Jason Rebello (produced by Wayne Shorter), Joey Calderazzo, Joe Locke, Dave Kikoski, Eddie Gomez, Adam Nussbaum, John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Frank Sinatra, Chico Chagas, Jimmy Smith, Ray Charles, Martin Taylor, Jim Mullen, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Itchy Fingers, Stan Tracey, BBC Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, Eric Alexander, Phil Dwyer, Grant Stewart, Brubecks Play Brubeck & Darius Brubeck Quartet.

“OHiggins plays with quite exceptional fluency and his fund of ideas never runs out.”


 Jeb Patton - piano

Described as both a “young phenomenon on piano” and an “absolute great,” Jeb Patton has earned a well-regarded reputation in the international jazz community.

Studying under Sir Roland Hanna and Jimmy Heath, Jeb earned his Master of Arts degree in 1997 from the Aaron Copland School of Music, New York. Jeb has toured throughout the United States and abroad with the Heath Brothers and with Jimmy Heath’s Generations Quintet, performing in theatres, festivals, concert halls, colleges, and clubs. Since moving to New York in 1996, Jeb has also played with Etta Jones, the Faddis/Hampton/Heath Sextet, Winard Harper’s group, and Antonio Hart’s Quintet, Paul West, Rufus Reid, Peter Washington, Lewis Nash, Steve Nelson, Ralph Peterson, John Ore, Jimmy Cobb, Lonnie Plaxico, Carl Allen, Kyoshi Kitigawa, Jackie Mclean, Frank Wess, James Moody, Terell Stafford, Sean Jones, Diego Urcola, Jeremy Pelt, Gerald Cannon, Willie Jones III, Steve Davis, Keter Betts, Eddie Locke, Marlene Verplank, among others.

Clovis Nicolas - bass

Clovis Nicolas is a jazz bass player and composer currently living in New York City, who graduated from the Juilliard School. His warm, precise and tasteful bass playing gained him a serious reputation on the international scene, which led to performances with artists such as Peter Bernstein, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Washington, Brad Mehldau, Harry Allen, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Curtis Fuller. Clovis is also a band leader and recently recorded his debut album “Nine Stories” for the label Sunnyside.

“You will hear, from Mr. Nicolas, well thought out bass lines that spur the band in the direction that he wants them to go [...] A very, very good bass sound.” - Ron Carter

Luca Santaniello - drums

In 2009 Luca Santaniello was chosen by a jury comprising Carl Allen, Ron Carter, Kenny Washington and Billy Drummond, to be part of the Artist Diploma Program at Juilliard School. In this highly selective full scholarship program, Luca Santaniello represented the Juilliard School throughout United States, South America and Europe in performance and educational activities sharing his knowledge in master classes and workshops.

Over the years, Luca has built an impressive resume: Joe Locke, Aaron Goldberg, Makoto Ozone, Anthony Wonsey, Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Harry Allen, Vincent Herring, Lew Tabackin, John Ellis, Joel Frahm, JD Allen,Wayne Escoffery, Melissa Aldana, Roy Hargrove, Brian Lynch, Terrell Stafford, Joe Magnarelli, Jim Rotondi, Jeremy Pelt, Duane Eubanks, Ron Carter, Ray Drummond, David Wong, Jay Leonhart, Ugonna Okegwo, Cameron Brown, Joe Cohn and Jonathan Kreisberg to name a few.