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, 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, Charles Tolliver, Bobby Watson & Tailor Made, David Murray, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Scott, Paquito D’Rivera, Nicolas Payton, Rodney Kendrick, Yoko Ono, Hamiett Bluiett, The Boys Choir of Harlem, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Pointer Sisters, Don Byron, Vanessa Roubin, Cleo Lane and The Sugar Hill Jazz Quartet.
He has also performed in many Broadway shows including AVE Q, DREAMGIRLS, THE WIZ, AIN’T MISBHEVIN’, BUBBLING BROWN SUGER, BLACK & BLUE, RUNAWAYS, HAIR, SOPHISTICATED LADIES, JELLY’S LAST JAM, 5 GUYS NAMED MOE, and CHICAGO.
He has performed at every jazz festival in the world including: “NORTH SEA”, “PORI”, “MONTREAUX”, “JVC”, “NANCY”, “WILLASAU”, “VIENNE”, “BERLIN”, “PLAY BOY”, “MONTERY”, “NEWPORT”, “GLASKOW”, “COPENHAGEN”, “MONTREAL”, JAZZ HERITAGE” in New Orleans.
He has been featured the following Movie Soundtracks: THE COTTON CLUB, SCHOOL DAZE, AWAKENINGS, SOUL TO SOUL and BABY BOY.