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Dan, simply put, is one of the "baddest" dudes to ever walk the planet. In my opinion, he is the very best in the business. If Jerry Hey is the reason I started doing music for a living, Dan is the reason I continue to do it. I don't know of ONE sax player who doesn't revere, admire, respect, fear, and love him. He is a consummate pro who does it ALL at the highest of levels - sightread, double, solo, lead playing, etc. As a woodwind player, he's the type of player all of us aspires to be. Jerry Hey told me this once of Dan: "He knows you're going to make a mistake in the studio before you do." That was all I needed to hear to know that Dan is the REAL DEAL. Beyond all else, Dan is one of the greatest human beings I've ever met. Thanks for putting us all on the "Path Of Righteousness". With much admiration, love, & respect - GW.

 

 


 

Dan Higgins first distinguished himself as an outstanding saxophonist while attending University of North Texas. He played lead alto in the 1 o'clock lab band and can be heard on Lab 76 and Lab 77. He taught both saxophone and improvisation and was a member of the 1976 State Department tour to Russia. Dan also was a recent guest at the University of North Texas lecture series and played in the Alumni All-Star Reunion Band.


    Dan has worked with bands and jazz artists such as Phil Woods, Louis Bellson, Dave Grusin, Eddie Daniels, Tom Harrell, Gerry Mulligan, Stanley Clarke, Artura Sandoval and George Duke. As a member of the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin big band, Dan recorded two albums and toured Europe and Japan. He can be heard on jazz albums with Quincy Jones, Bill Watrous, Rosemary Clooney, Wayne Bergeron, Sammy Nestico, Gordon Goodwin's Phat Band, Diane Schurr and Pat Williams. Dan was a part of the Barbra Streisand New Year's Eve Concerts 1994 and 1999 and the following U.S. tours.

     As a Los Angeles based professional and a member of the "Jerry Hey Horn Section," Dan has recorded with such noted artists as Phil Collins, Jose Feliciano, Cher, Natalie Cole, Randy Newman, Babyface, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Kenny Loggins, Ringo Starr, Al Jarreau, Clint Black, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Queen Latifa, Roberta Flack, Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Earth Wind and Fire, Patti Austin, Burt Bacharach, Frank Sinatra, and Bette Midler. When I Fall in Love, with Natalie Cole, produced by David Foster, features Dan on tenor sax. He is also a featured soloist on the Quincy Jones CD, Basie and Beyond, Gordon Goodwin's Swinging for the Fences and Wayne Bergeron's You Call this a Living.

    Dan's varied talents on all woodwinds make him a sought after session musician in the film, TV and record industry. Dan is the solo alto saxophone voice of Bleeding Gums Murphy from the TV series, The Simpsons. The Academy Awards, Emmys, Grammy Awards, Peoples Choice Awards and Espys are just a few of the live TV specials he has played. Dan has worked on over 400 motion picture scores and is a featured saxophone soloist in the scores: Catch Me If You Can, Ray, Sideways, Awakenings, The Notebook, Benny & Joon, What Women Wants, A Bug's Life, Mouse Hunt, White Palace, and Sleepless in Seattle. Other motion picture credits include: Chicago, Meet The Folkers, Polar Express, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Patriot, The Emperor's New Groove, Men of Honor, Toy Story, The Bodyguard, Seven Years in Tibet, Liar, Liar, A League of Their Own, City Slickers, Father of the Bride, Pretty Woman and Batman Forever. Such notable composers as John Williams, Alan Silvestri, Marc Shaiman, James Horner, Randy Newman, David Newman and Aaron Zigman call on Dan to play their film scores.


    Under the direction of John Williams Dan has been a guest soloist with noted orchestras such as the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic performing the John Williams piece Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra. This work was a featured part of the 2003 PBS TV series Evening at the Pops. Noted jazz club Steamers featured Dan with a night of jazz celebrating its 4th anniversary, hosted by the late famed DJ, Chuck Niles. Dan performed with the Quincy Jones Orchestra in the Bahamas for the gala opening of the Atlantis Resort Hotel.


    As a writer, Dan has many publications in the jazz and classical fields, including clarinet and saxophone duets, quartets and jazz etude books. Dan's ensemble for nine saxophones, Clown Garden, was performed at the 1999 International Saxophone Convention.

 

DAN HIGGINS VIDEO LESSONS

 

 

PHOTOS

Dan on the Marilyn Harris "Round Trip" date

Dan with Jerry Hey and Gary Grant

Dan recording "Our Manne Shelly" in Dallas, Texas

Dan and friends backstage with members of the "Dancing With The Stars" band

Sal Lozano, Rick Baptist, Stacy Keibler, Joel Peskin, Jerry Rice, and Dan.

Dan on tenor

Checking out a playback

 

AUDIO

Dan playing Clifford Brown's solo on 4 clarinets

(with Brandon Fields on alto) on "I'll Remember April"

higgclarie.mp3

Dan playing the main title to John Williams' "Catch Me If You Can"

Catch Me If You Can.mp3

Dan playing "The Road To My Heart" from the film "Blonde"

The Road To My Heart.mp3

Dan playing "Man With A Horn" from Arturo Sandoval's "Trumpet Evolution"

Man With A Horn.mp3

 

Dan's infamous Youtube videos with his son Dustin

Dan's transcribed clarinet solo from this video

Jam Tune 1.pdf

Dan's transcribed solo from this video

Jam Tune 2.pdf

Dan's transcribed solo from this video

Jam Tune 3.pdf

Dan's transcribed solo from this video

Jam Tune 4.pdf

Dan's transcribed alto flute solo from this video

Jam Tune 5.pdf

Dan's transcribed solo from this video

Jam Tune6.pdf

Dan's transcribed solo from this video

Jam Tune7.pdf

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