Dave Hignett


About Dave Hignett

Dave Hignett started his musical career playing Cornet at Ellesmere Port Grammar School and for Chester Brass Band under John Golland.

In 1980 he went to Colchester Institute and was taught by Michael Clack Trombonist and embouchure specialist, and George Reynolds co principal of the LSO. There he played principal trumpet in the College Symphony Orchestra performing at the Royal Festival Hall.

After graduating with a Music Degree and Guildhall teachers diploma Dave performed on Cruise Ships with Royal Caribbean cruise line for 3 years, the last 2 as a bandleader, where he started his interest in Jazz performance and teaching.

After meeting his wife Barbara, a professional singer, they worked in Cabaret venues for 3 years in the Canary Islands, Dave playing Piano and Trumpet/Flugel finally settling in the North east to work for Northumberland Music Service in 1990.  

In the North East Dave has played for local Orchestras and Bands, notably the 5 piece Jazz ensemble Swing Palace, playing at the Cork, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Silda (Norway) Jazz festivals. Recently he has performed twice on Television with the John Miles Big Band and at the Variety Clubs award ceremony at Newcastle Civic Centre playing with Sting.

Dave also plays with the Norths premier Jazz Band, John Warrens The Voice of the North, performing at National Jazz festivals with British Jazz stars such as Andy Sheppard, Bruce Adams, Mark Nightingale, Tommy Smith and Tim Garland.  

Daves Brass Band interest led him to join Gregg Brass Band under Jim Sheppard and in 2002 Dave had the Honour of playing Principal Trumpet/Cornet for a year with the 10 piece Versatile Brass, along side musicians from top flight brass Bands such as Black Dyke, Brighouse and Grimethorpe Colliery.

Music Education has been a driving force in Daves career, and as Head of Brass, and Orchestras coordinator for Northumberland Music service, for the last 8 years, he has been major developer of Brass and Jazz Pedagogy being asked in 2001 to form and direct the Sage Gateshead’s regional Big Band Jambone. 

In 2002 Jambone performed for Her Majesty the Queen at the Jubilee Gala concert at the City Hall compared by Sir Thomas Allen and is playing at the Sages opening on December 17th 2004.In 2005 Dave collaborated with London based Jazz Jamaica featuring Soweto Kinch and Dennis Baptististe.

For the Gateshead Jazz festival 2007, at the Sage Gateshead, Jambone will be performing with the legendary composer and Saxophonist Bob Mintzer who has played with greats such as Miles Davis and the Yellow jackets.

Dave is a member of the Gerry Richardson 9 piece original Jazz Band who performed at Newcastle Civic Centre, and the Sage Gateshead, with “Sting” on Bass and Vocals.

Dave is also appears on Gerrys 2012 album so many reasons featuring Sting on vocals. 

Dave is a also member of and is currently on the 2014/15 UK theatre tour with the Jason Isaacs big Band. 

Jason, who won the Alan Titchmarsh TV competition The peoples Croonerin 2010, recently performed with Spandau Ballets Sax player Steve Norman at the Newcastle City Hall with the Big Band. 

After 22 years as orchestra and brass coordinator with Northumberland County Music Service Dave is now a freelance conductor, performer and teacher at Newcastle private schools, The Royal Grammar School, Dame Allans and Central School for Girls.

Dave also teaches and leads two orchestras at St Josephs Middle School in Hexham.

After the success of forming the community Jazz Band the Tyne Valley Big Band 2 years ago, Dave has collaborated with Core Music and the Queens Hall in Hexham to form the Tyne Valley Jazz Ensemble (ages 10- 13) and the Tyne Valley Youth Big Band (ages 13 – 18).

These two successful bands have attracted over 40 musicians from all over Northumberland in only 6 months, and provide a strong progression route for aspiring jazz musicians in Northumberland.