Saxophone and woodwind recording artist
Los Angeles, CA
BA Music, University of North Texas
(Shorter version of Dan's biography)
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.
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.
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.