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Joe Higham

Tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, B flat clarinet After studying sculpture at the Brighton College of Art & Design he went to the CAT in Newcastle (now the Newcastle University) where he graduated in Light Music (nowadays called jazz). Several years later, whilst visiting friends and playing concerts in Brussels (1988), he discovered that the Brussels Conservatory was opening a new jazz section and decided to follow the courses -4 years- given by Belgian musicians such as Steve Houben, Jean Louis Rassinfosse and Bruno Castellucci, ending up with a first prize in saxophone and a diploma in Jazz Studies. Whilst at the Brussels Conservatory, he naturally became involved in the Brussels jazz scene, playing with many of the local musicians who were heavily centered around two places 'Travers' and 'The Kaai'

The Blind Night Watchers' Mysterious Landscapes

Label: Discus Music
Released: 2018
Track listing: Pluie Étanche; En Absence D'Action; Gradual Assistance; Second Permission Secrete; E-Forks And Ornaments; Gobsmacked Distraction; Hidden Wave Variation; Suppot Provisoire; Erased Evidence.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Eclectic Maybe Band: The Blind Night Watchers' Mysterious Landscapes

Read "The Blind Night Watchers' Mysterious Landscapes" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Among other positive opinions, UK-based Discus Music cranks out one audiophile quality album after another. The experimental label does not cut corners, and taking into consideration the disparate soundstages, tonal attributes and instrumentation, the music often simulates 3D-like sonic characteristics. These factors also come in handy when demoing stereo equipment at your local high-end dealer. Otherwise, ...

Where Are We Now?

Label: Mogno Music
Released: 2010
Track listing: House of the Marriage; Sal Fi-na Al-Lahdah; Saz Sameai; Valse Immonde; Al Hayawan/The Slaves Lament; Maflous; Shpil-zhe mir a lidele; Aqsaq Effendi; Simple Dan(ce); Horo Krivo (unlisted bonus track).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Al Orkestra: Where Are We Now?

Read "Where Are We Now?" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes the best music comes from the most unexpected places. British ex-pat Joe Higham has been living in Belgium for 20 years--first studying, now teaching and gigging with a cadre of undervalued Belgian players. Plenty of artists cite a collection of influences, but this saxophonist/clarinetist and his Al Orkestra concoct a truly wonderful mélange, with touchstones ...

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House of the Marriage

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Label: Mogno Music
Released: 2010
Duration: 9:01

Take Five With Joe Higham

Read "Take Five With Joe Higham" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Instrument(s):Saxophones, clarinets.Teachers and/or influences? John Ruocco, Charlie Banacos.I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I saw Elton Dean and Ninesense play. I was at art college, hesitating between playing music and making art, but seeing Elton's band start up with the likes of Louis Moholo, Harry Miller, Keith ...


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