Patience Higgins

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Patience Higgins
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Background information
Born Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Occupation(s)Instrumentalist, music educator
Instrument(s) Saxophone, flute, clarinet, oboe, French horn

Patience Higgins is a New York-based jazz saxophonist, flutist, and multi-reed musician. [1] He also plays clarinet, oboe, and English horn. He has performed with Duke Ellington Orchestra, Barry Harris, Archie Shepp, Jimmy Scott, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paquito D’Rivera, Cleo Laine, and The Sugar Hill Jazz Quartet. Higgins has a history as a Broadway musician. He is a music educator and teaches at the New York Jazz Workshop Music School. Higgins has toured with the tour with Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestras. [2] [3] [4]


In 1998 he was featured artist playing saxophone and flute for double Grammy Award-winning recording Dee Dee Bridgewater's Dear Ella. [5]

Higgins along with the Sugar Hill Quartet were the house band for the Lenox Lounge, and regular Monday night sessions at St. Nick's Pub in Harlem. His 1998 album 'Live in Harlem' documents Monday night sessions at St. Nick's Pub. [6] [7]


Higgins has also performed with the Duke Ellington Band under the direction of Mercer Ellington, and Paul Ellington. He has been a member of the Duke Ellington Band for over twenty years. He has toured and recorded with Frank Foster, Rodney Kendrick, Yoko Ono, Cleo Laine and The Sugar Hill Jazz Quartet, Vanessa Rubin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Pointer Sisters, Don Byron, Hamiett Bluiett, The Boys Choir of Harlem, Nicolas Payton, David Murray, Aretha Franklin, Savion Glover, Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, Sam Rivers, Charles Tolliver, Sam and Dave, Bobby Watson & Tailor Made, Archie Shepp, Wilson Pickett, Barry Harris, Muhal Richard Abrams, Stevie Wonder, Paquito D’Rivera, James Zollar, Bobby Short, Chip White, Wilson Pickett, Joey DeFrancesco, Kiane Zawadi, Eli Fountain, Leopaldo Fleming. [8] [9] [5] [10] [11] [12]


Album appearances

2018The Atomic Bomb BluesThe Dave Taylor Octet / Dave TaylorOboe, Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor), Soloist
2017Splendor in the Grass/The Manchurian Candidate [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]David AmramSaxophone
2017Run- 'N FlyRun- 'N FlySaxophone
2015All My TomorrowsSteve CromityGuest Artist, Flute, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
2015Building Up the KingdomM. Roger HollandClarinet
2013Golden AgeMister FredOboe
2012Thoughts on GodEric PersonClarinet, Sax (Tenor), Soloist
2010A Second ChanceDorothy LeighClarinet (Bass), Flute, Sax (Baritone)
2010The Tinderbox MusicalSax (Baritone)
2010What Is Love?Queen EstherSax (Tenor)
2009More DedicationsChip WhiteAlto, Flute, Sax (Soprano)
2008Me, Marsalis & MonkWhitney MarchelleMain Personnel, Sax (Soprano)
2007Down for YouDarby DizardClarinet
2005Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure, Vol. 7Sax (Alto)
2005Underneath a Brooklyn MoonJ.C. Hopkins Biggish BandMain Personnel, Sax (Tenor), Soloist
2004I'm Not a Sometime ThingCarol MennieMain Personnel, Reeds, Saxophone
2004Vignettes in the Spirit of EllingtonJabbo WareClarinet (Bass), Sax (Baritone)
2003Avenue QFlute, Clarinet, Sax (Alto)
2003Organized!SwingadelicSax (Alto), Group Member
2002BlueblackHamiet BluiettClarinet (Bass), Sax (Baritone)
2001AftermathMike Longo / Mike Longo & the New York State of the Art Jazz BandReeds
2001LifelineSuzanne CouchSax (Tenor)
2001A Great Day in C'Ville: Jazz from the PiedmontSax (Baritone)
2000Boogie Boo!SwingadelicSax (Baritone)
1999ITheorcolusFlute, Clarinet (Bass), Sax (Alto)
19983 A.M.Rich ShemariaFlute (Alto), Sax (Baritone)
1998Libation for the Baritone Saxophone NationBluiett Baritone Saxophone Group / Hamiet BluiettSax (Baritone), Composer
1998Live in HarlemPatience HigginsPrimary Artist, Sax (Tenor)
1998PotpourriDMP Big BandMulti Instruments
1998Swingin' with LegendsAngela DeNiroFlute, Clarinet, Clarinet (Bass), Sax (Baritone)
1997DMP Big Band Salutes Duke EllingtonDMP Big BandSax (Tenor), Group Member
1997 Dear Ella Dee Dee BridgewaterSax (Baritone)
1997He Leadeth MeCissy HoustonSax (Baritone)
1997Live at the Knitting FactoryBluiett Baritone Saxophone GroupSax (Baritone)
1997No Way to Treat a LadyFlute, Clarinet, Clarinet (Bass), Oboe, Sax (Tenor)
1997Waves of PeaceNancie BanksFlute, Saxophone
1995Carved in StoneDMP Big BandFlute, Clarinet, Saxophone
1995Heritage IsJames Jabbo Ware & the Me We & Them OrchestraClarinet, Sax (Baritone)
1995Last Chance for Common SenseRodney KendrickClarinet (Bass), Horn (English), Sax (Baritone)
1995New York Rock [Original Cast]Yoko OnoFlute, Saxophone
1995 One Line, Two Views Muhal Richard Abramstenor saxophone, bass clarinet, percussion, voice
1995 South of the Border David MurraySaxophone, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Soloist
1994Live at the Village VanguardHamiet BluiettComposer
1994Bert's BluesNancie Banks OrchestraSax (Tenor)
1994Remembering Billy StrayhornErrol ParkerSax (Bass)
1994SolitudeCleo LaineSax (Alto)
1993Dance, World, DanceRodney KendrickClarinet (Bass), Sax (Baritone)
1993 Family Talk Muhal Richard AbramsClarinet, Clarinet (Bass), Horn (English), Sax (Tenor), Horn
1993Pieces of Woo: The Other SideBernie WorrellClarinet
1993Tailor MadeBobby WatsonClarinet, Saxophone, Sax (Tenor)
1992 David Murray Big Band David MurraySax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
1991 Blu Blu Blu Muhal Richard AbramsFlute, Clarinet, Sax (Baritone)
1991Errol Parker TentetErrol ParkerSax (Baritone)
1990 Where Were You? Joey DeFrancescoSax (Tenor)
1989Music Is My MistressDuke Ellington & His OrchestraSax (Tenor)
1989 The Hearinga Suite Muhal Richard Abrams / The Muhal Richard Abrams OrchestraClarinet (Bass), Sax (Tenor)
1989Music Masters Jazz SamplerSax (Tenor)
1986Country GirlAmina Claudine MyersFlute, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Alto)
1983 Rejoicing with the Light Muhal Richard Abrams / The Muhal Richard Abrams OrchestraClarinet, Clarinet (Alto), Sax (Baritone)
1982 Colours Sam Rivers Winds of ManhattanFlute, Sax (Baritone)
1979Attica Blues Big BandArchie SheppMain Personnel, Flute, Saxophone, Wind
1976The Runaways [Original Soundtrack]Original Broadway CastFlute, Saxophone, Improvisation, Primary Artist


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