Patience Higgins

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Patience Higgins
Born Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Occupation(s) Instrumentalist, music educator
Instruments 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 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 Swing Band 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[edit]

Year Album Artist Instrument(s)
2018 The Atomic Bomb Blues The Dave Taylor Octet / Dave Taylor Oboe, Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor), Soloist
2017 Splendor in the Grass/The Manchurian Candidate [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] David Amram Saxophone
2017 Run- 'N Fly Run- 'N Fly Saxophone
2015 All My Tomorrows Steve Cromity Guest Artist, Flute, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
2015 Building Up the Kingdom M. Roger Holland Clarinet
2013 Golden Age Mister Fred Oboe
2012 The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note Muhal Richard Abrams B-Flat Clarinet, Clarinet, Clarinet (Alto), Clarinet (Bass), Flute, Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)
2012 Thoughts On God Eric Person Clarinet, Sax (Tenor), Soloist
2010 A Second Chance Dorothy Leigh Clarinet (Bass), Flute, Sax (Baritone)
2010 The Tinderbox Musical Sax (Baritone)
2010 What Is Love? Queen Esther Sax (Tenor)
2009 More Dedications Chip White Alto, Flute, Sax (Soprano)
2008 Me, Marsalis & Monk Whitney Marchelle Main Personnel, Sax (Soprano)
2007 Down for You Darby Dizard Clarinet
2005 Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure, Vol. 7 Sax (Alto)
2005 Underneath a Brooklyn Moon J.C. Hopkins Biggish Band Main Personnel, Sax (Tenor), Soloist
2004 I'm Not a Sometime Thing Carol Mennie Main Personnel, Reeds, Saxophone
2004 Vignettes in the Spirit of Ellington Jabbo Ware Clarinet (Bass), Sax (Baritone)
2003 Avenue Q Flute, Clarinet, Sax (Alto)
2003 Organized! Swingadelic Sax (Alto), Group Member
2002 Blueblack Hamiet Bluiett Clarinet (Bass), Sax (Baritone)
2001 Aftermath Mike Longo / Mike Longo & the New York State of the Art Jazz Band Reeds
2001 Lifeline Suzanne Couch Sax (Tenor)
2001 A Great Day in C'Ville: Jazz from the Piedmont Sax (Baritone)
2000 Boogie Boo! Swingadelic Sax (Baritone)
1999 I Theorcolus Flute, Clarinet (Bass), Sax (Alto)
1998 3 A.M. Rich Shemaria Flute (Alto), Sax (Baritone)
1998 Libation for the Baritone Saxophone Nation Bluiett Baritone Saxophone Group / Hamiet Bluiett Sax (Baritone), Composer
1998 Live in Harlem Patience Higgins Primary Artist, Sax (Tenor)
1998 Potpourri DMP Big Band Multi Instruments
1998 Swingin' with Legends Angela DeNiro Flute, Clarinet, Clarinet (Bass), Sax (Baritone)
1997 DMP Big Band Salutes Duke Ellington DMP Big Band Sax (Tenor), Group Member
1997 Dear Ella Dee Dee Bridgewater Sax (Baritone)
1997 He Leadeth Me Cissy Houston Sax (Baritone)
1997 Live at the Knitting Factory Bluiett Baritone Saxophone Group Sax (Baritone)
1997 No Way to Treat a Lady Flute, Clarinet, Clarinet (Bass), Oboe, Sax (Tenor)
1997 Waves of Peace Nancie Banks Flute, Saxophone
1995 Carved in Stone DMP Big Band Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone
1995 Heritage Is James Jabbo Ware & the Me We & Them Orchestra Clarinet, Sax (Baritone
1995 Last Chance for Common Sense Rodney Kendrick Clarinet (Bass), Horn (English), Sax (Baritone)
1995 New York Rock [Original Cast] Yoko Ono Flute, Saxophone
1995 South of the Border David Murray Saxophone, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Soloist
1994 Live at the Village Vanguard Hamiet Bluiett Composer
1994 Bert's Blues Nancie Banks Orchestra Sax (Tenor)
1994 Remembering Billy Strayhorn Errol Parker Sax (Bass)
1994 Solitude Cleo Laine Sax (Alto)
1993 Dance, World, Dance Rodney Kendrick Clarinet (Bass), Sax (Baritone)
1993 Family Talk Muhal Richard Abrams Clarinet, Clarinet (Bass), Horn (English), Sax (Tenor), Horn
1993 Pieces of Woo: The Other Side Bernie Worrell Clarinet
1993 Tailor Made Bobby Watson Clarinet, Saxophone, Sax (Tenor)
1993 Example Example Example
1992 David Murray Big Band, Conducted by Lawrence "Butch" Morris David Murray Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
1991 Blu Blu Blu Muhal Richard Abrams Flute, Clarinet, Sax (Baritone)
1991 Errol Parker Tentet Errol Parker Sax (Baritone)
1990 Where Were You? Joey DeFrancesco Sax (Tenor)
1989 Music Is My Mistress Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Sax (Tenor)
1989 The Hearinga Suite Muhal Richard Abrams / The Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra Clarinet (Bass), Sax (Tenor)
1989 Music Masters Jazz Sampler Sax (Tenor)
1986 Country Girl Amina Claudine Myers Flute, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Alto)
1983 Rejoicing with the Light Muhal Richard Abrams / The Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra Clarinet, Clarinet (Alto), Sax (Baritone)
1982 Colours Sam Rivers Winds of Manhattan Flute, Sax (Baritone)
1979 Attica Blues Big Band Archie Shepp Main Personnel, Flute, Saxophone, Wind
1976 The Runaways [Original Soundtrack] Original Broadway Cast Flute, Saxophone, Improvisation, Primary Artist


Movie Soundtracks[edit]

Theater Credits[edit]

  • HAIR
  • CHICAGO[14]

Jazz Festivals[edit]

  • PORI
  • JVC
  • JAZZ HERITAGE in New Orleans.


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  2. ^ "Smoke Jazz & Supper Club :: Patience Higgins & The Sugar Hill Quartet".
  3. ^ "The Jazz Gallery Presents: Savion Glover & Patience Higgins".
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  5. ^ a b "Patience Higgins -".
  6. ^ "Patience Higgins and the Sugar Hill Swing Band". 4 September 2016.
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  8. ^ "Patience Higgins". RS Berkeley Musical Instruments.
  9. ^ "Mapleshade Records - Patience Higgins Sugar Hill Quartet".
  10. ^ "Make Music New York".
  11. ^ "Lenox Lounge".
  12. ^ "Galt MacDermot - New Pulse Jazz Band".
  13. ^ "Patience Higgins - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  14. ^ "Patience Higgins Theatre Credits".

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