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Terence Higgins: - I always have my bag packed

Terence Higgins

   I am just as busy now as I was in 2014, when I first did an article with Musiciansʼ Corner. 

   I came into the new year with a few exciting gigs. Iʼm working with a lot of incredible artists. Tab Benoit and Ani DiFranco are two of my regular gigs. 

   Iʼm also working with producer Don Was. A couple of years ago we did The last Waltz 40th tribute show at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and the tribute turned into The Last Waltz 40 tour. That lead to a Bob Marley tribute lead by the Marley brothers, which lead to an Elvis 68 Comeback special tribute filmed for NBC - and a tribute to Willie Nelson in front of 18 000 people that was filmed for A&E. I was part of the house band on side of Don Was and we backed at least 12 different country artist including Vince Gill and Willie Nelson. That was my first country gig, but it was as if I had always been playing country music… Those shows are really special once in a lifetime-events, so I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of those performances. 

   On top of that I'm working with a new project with John Medeski (of Medeski Martin and Wood) with his group Mad Skillet which was born out of a few late night jams in New Orleans during the NOLA jazz fest. Medeski produced a Dirty Dozen Brass Band record in the late 90ʼs entitled Buck Jump. So it was good to reconnect with him, and now there is a fresh release titled “Mad Skillet”.

   I play locally with my band Swampgrease and other projects that I put together, but generally Iʼm too busy doing other peopleʼs projects.

Terence Higgins on the drums with Swampgrease live (2015)

   I grew up listening to a lot of different music, and now I get calls to go do cool gigs, across all genres. I just do what I do naturally. I paid a lot of dues, and I take peopleʼs music seriously. Don Was could have called any A-list drummer in the world to play these huge shows. I think it takes a lot of trust to and level of comfort to offer the drum chair for these incredible star studded events. Iʼve been really busy juggling all my regular gigs and as soon as I see a break in my schedule thereʼs another call – and I'd like keep the ascending trend.

   I live in New Orleans, but I feel like Iʼm just visiting. I always have my bag packed. Sometimes there are several offers at once. The people I work with keep our relationships family-oriented and they understand that I have to prioritizeʼ. If I canʼt make an Ani show she will do her gig solo. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band allowed me the freedom to take other high profile gig offers without jeopardizing my position.

   On the side of the touring gigs and studio sessions I have also been involved in producing a few drum sample packs. The most recent was the Greasy Groove pack released by the Loop Loft, who has recently partnered with Native Instruments.


Terence Higgins has previously done an article with Musicians' Corner. READ IT HERE.

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Oz Noy: - What bores me in music is copying

Oz Noy



I’m excited about the same things with music now as I was thirty years ago. I’m even a bit more excited by them now. If I wasn’t I would probably drop dead. Music is like air really. A lot of us would be dead without it. Our soul will die! It sounds a bit dramatic but it’s true. What bores me in music is copying. You have to copy when you study, but when artists copy that bores me.




Oz Noy ''Cissy Strut'' with Anton Fig, Will Lee, John Medeski and Ralph MacDonald


New York has changed a lot since I first came here. The music business crashed, and the same thing happened in New York too. It hit the city hard. New York is still the jazz center of the world, but the scene has changed. A lot of clubs have closed. And now it’s a pretty set reality. There is still good music, but a lot less of it in a lot less places. The only thing that got bigger is the Broadway shows. That’s great for Broadway but it’s not great for real music in my opinion cause Broadway is not music , its theater.

When I first came to New York I played jazz and rock. I was looking for a funk & Blues scene and I couldn’t find one. But the jazz scene just blew me away. New York is about jazz to my mind.



Oz Noy at The Iridium with Will Lee and Dave Weckl


I have made six records and I usually think of the next one already when I finish an album. I have music for another album usually while I’m done recording a record. I get a concept and start to look for ideas, then I play it live, and after a year or two I record. Right now though I don’t have a plan, after my 6th album. I have some ideas tho but not sure what I’ll do next.

As for my plans for the rest of the year I have a tour in Asia just now, having finished a tour of the US. After that I am going to make another instructional video.



Oz Noy


People ask about my pedal work. The most important thing to understand is it evolved through me writing my own music. I only use certain pedals. In a trio setting I need to fill out a lot of space. The pedal work came through me playing on a song, and it is about musical ideas. I’m not the kind of guy who plays with pedals at home, it is part of the music.

- Oz Noy



The latest release, ''Twisted Blues Vol 2'' (2014)



Oz Noy is a guitarist and composer, who started his career as a professional musician at the age of 13. A decade later he was one of the most successful musicians in his native Isreal. Noy relocated to New York in 1996. He has since released six albums and worked with Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Gavin DeGraw, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken, Akiko Yano, Wonder Girls, Toni Braxton, Phoebe Snow, Nile Rogers, Mike Clark, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Dave Weckl, Mike Manieri, John Patitucci, The East Village Opera Company, Roger Glover, Bill Evans, The Gil Evan Orchestra, Warren Hayes, The Allman Brothers, Allen Toussaint, Eric Johnson, Mike Stern, John Abercrombie, Steve Lukather, John Medeski, Don Was, Nelly Furtado, Natasha Bedingfield, Phillip Phillips, Andy Grammer, Angelique Kidjo, Matisyahu, Jennifer Hudson, Henry Butler, Gart Hudson, Don Henley, Patti Austin, Take 6, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Phil Ramone, Paul Shaffer, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Sting, Steve Perry, Allison Krauss Foreigner, Patty Smyth, Wiz Khalifa, Shelea, Jordin Sparks among others. Find out more HERE.




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