Patience Higgins, saxophones
Marcus Persiani, piano
Dave Gibson, drums
Neal Caine, bass
Patience Higgins, from Greenville, South Carolina, is a multi-reed player who plays all the saxophones, flutes, clarinets, oboe, and english horn. Under the direction of Mercer Ellington and now Paul Ellington, he has been a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra for the last twenty years. He has also toured and recorded with Frank Foster and Count Basie Orchestra, Savion Glover, Aretha Franklin, Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles, Muhal Richard Abrams, Archie Shepp, Sam Rivers, Barry Harris, Bobby Watson & Tailor Made, David Murray, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Scott, Paquito D’Rivera, Yoko Ono and Hamiett Bluiett.
Patience has also performed in many Broadway shows including Ave Q, Dreamgirls, The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Hair, Sophisticated Ladies and Chicago. He has performed at every jazz festival in the world including: North Sea, Pori, Montreal, JVC, Vienne, Berlin, Playboy, Monterey, Newport, Copenhagen and Jazz Heritage in New Orleans. He has been featured in the movie soundtracks for the Cotton Club, School Daze, Awakenings, Soul to Soul and Baby Boy.