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Gio Washington-Wright's Top L.A. Studio Musicians Tribute Site

 

What can I say that I haven't already about Dan? He is an absolute freak. In fact, most of clips below were sight-read, first take (Dan is famous for that). I've seen Dan operate in the studio, and it's the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. As a sax and woodwind player myself, he is my hero. If I told him that, he'd just tell me go listen to Bird and Cannonball (and he has) - which is the beauty of Dan. He is my mentor and one of the nicest, warmest, most giving people I've ever known - so much so that I've modeled my career after him. Lastly, he's put in so much peerless and amazing work (on so many different woodwind instruments) over the years that I can't keep track. He is the BEST in the business. Period. All you have to do is listen... - GW.


 

Dan is also the saxophone voice for Bleeding Gums Murphy on "The Simpsons"

 

* = favorite
** = BURNIN'!

*** = legendary performance

 

 

SOPRANO

*Babylon Sisters - Masanori Sasaji / "Afroblue"
Dan Higgins - Babylon Sisters.mp3

Captain Perfect - Alf Clausen Big Band / "Swing Can Really Hang You Up The Most"
Dan Higgins - Captain Perfect.mp3

*For Lena And Lennie
- Quincy Jones - Sammy Nestico Orchestra / "Basie And Beyond"
Dan Higgins - For Lena and Lennie.mp3

*Snakecharmer
- Gary Grant / "Breakout"
Dan Higgins - Snakecharmer.mp3

*Speak Like A Child - Jim Self / "Innerplay"
Dan Higgins - Speak Like A Child.mp3

 

"Catch Me If You Can" (opening)
Dan - alto

 

 

ALTO

**A Final Farewell
- Alf Clausen Big Band / "Swing Can Really Hang You Up The Most"
Dan Higgins - A Final Farewell.mp3

*Airegin - Dan Higgins / "Voicing A Standard"
Dan Higgins - Airegin.mp3

Algo Bueno - The Arturo Sandoval Big Band
Dan Higgins - Algo Bueno.mp3

*Blues For Norma Jean (blues) - Pat Williams / "Blonde" Movie Soundtrack
Dan Higgins - Blues For Norma Jean.mp3

***Catch Me If You Can - John Williams / "Catch Me If You Can" Soundtrack
Catch Me If You Can.mp3

**Count Bubba - Big Phat Band / "Swingin' For The Fences"
Higgins Count Bubba Solo.mp3

**D'Ann - The Sammy Nestico Big Band
Dan Higgins - D'Ann - Alto.mp3

**El Tortura Sin Fin - Wayne Bergeron / "Plays Well With Others"
Dan Higgins - El Tortura Sin Fin.mp3

*I Remember - Big Phat Band / "Swingin' For The Fences"
I Remember.mp3
I Remember.pdf (transcription)

Looking For Zaphoid - Gordon Goodwin / "Close To The Edge"
Dan Higgins - Looking For Zaphoid.mp3

*Quintessence - Quincy Jones - Sammy Nestico Orchestra / "Basie and Beyond"
Quintessence.mp3
Quintessence.pdf (transcription)

**Rhythm Method (rhythm changes) - Wayne Bergeron / "You Call This A Living?"
Dan Higgins - Rhythm Method.mp3

*Scheherazade - Wayne Bergeron / "Plays Well With Others"
Dan Higgins - Scheherazade .mp3

**Shadow Of Your Smile - The Sammy Nestico Big Band
Dan Higgins - Shadow Of Your Smile - Alto.MP3

**Smile - The Sammy Nestico Big Band
Dan Higgins - Smile - Alto.mp3

**The Sidewinder - Masanori Sasaji / "Birdland"
Dan Higgins - The Sidewinder.mp3

**Sunny Side Of The Street - The Sammy Nestico Big Band
Dan Higgins - Sunny Side Of The Street - Alto.mp3

Tell Me Now - Dan Higgins / "City Side"
tellme.mp3
tellmenow.pdf  (transcription)

*What's New - Dan Higgins / "Voicing A Standard"
Whats New.mp3
WhatsNewsax.pdf (transcription)

*When Sunny Gets Blue - Dan Higgins / "Voicing A Standard"
When Sunny Gets Blue.mp3
SunnyGetsBluesax.pdf (transcription)

*Wonderwall - Paul Anka / "Rock Swings"
Dan Higgins - Wonderwall.mp3

 

 

TENOR

*Dorothy Parker
- Marilyn Harris / "Future Street"
Dan Higgins - Dorothy Parker.mp3

**I've Got You Under My Skin - "The Great White Hype Soundtrack"
Dan Higgins - Ive Got You Under My Skin.mp3

*Quando, Quando, Quando
- Michael Buble / "It's Time"
Dan Higgins - Quando, Quando, Quando.mp3

 

CLARINET

At The Jazz Band Ball - Arturo Sandoval / "Trumpet Evolution"
Dan Higgins - At The Jazz Band Ball.mp3

Dippermouth Blues - Arturo Sandoval / "Trumpet Evolution"
Dan Higgins - Dippermouth Blues.mp3

*Equinox - Dan Higgins / "Voicing A Standard"
Dan Higgins - Equinox.mp3

Jingle Bells - Barry Manilow / "Because It's Christmas"
Dan Higgins - Jingle Bells.mp3

**The Hipster - Wayne Bergeron / "Plays Well With Others"
Dan Higgins - The Hipster.mp3

 

FLUTE & PICCOLO

**Emily
- The Sammy Nestico Big Band
Dan Higgins - Emily - Flute Solo.mp3

**In A Sentimental Mood - The Sammy Nestico Big Band
Dan Higgins - In A Sentimental Mood - Flute.mp3

**Killer Joe - Gary Grant / "Breakout"
Dan Higgins - Killer Joe.mp3

**My Dissipation - Marilyn Harris
Dan Higgins - My Dissipation.mp3

**Samba Brassiliero - Wayne Bergeron / "Plays Well With Others"
Dan Higgins - Samba Brassiliero.mp3

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