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.
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The Al Orkesta mixes folk and ethnic music with jazz and rock elements,
leaving lots of room for the soloist's creativity. The quintet is made up of the
leader Jo Higham (tenor sax, clarinet), the trumpet player Jean-Paul
Estiévenart, the guitarist Jacques Pirotton, the bass-
player Olivier Stalon and the drummer Setphan Pougin. Traditional music
from Turkey (House of the Marriage) Syria (Sal Fi-na Al-Lahda) and Israel
(Sphil-Zhe Mir A Lidele) form the thematic starting point upon which the
musicians improvise to their heart's content. A conspicuous role is set aside
for Pirotton's electric guitar, so that the music in addition to folk and jazz can
also be called rock
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced students
Newcastle College of Arts & Technology (Degree in Light Music)
Brussels Consevatory (Degree in Jazz Music)
Teaching at the Jazz Studio (Antwerp)
Clinics in Holland and Belgium.
Workshop coming up in Mouscron (Nr Lille) 26/08/09