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 has been a guest at the University of North Texas lecture series and played in the 1997 50th anniversary 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, Arturo 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, Arturo Sandoval, Bill Watrous, Rosemary Clooney, Wayne Bergeron, Sammy Nestico, Gordon Goodwin’s Phat Band, Wayne Bergeron, Diane Schuur and Pat Williams. Dan contributed 2 arrangements on the 2013 Grammy winning CD of Arturo Sandoval “Dear Diz”. Dan was a part of the Barbra Streisand Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Concerts 1994 and 1999 and the following U.S. tours. (source used by permission)
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