Patience Higgins and the Sugar Hill Quartet

Sugar Hill in Harlem was the neighborhood of choice for elegant black musicians, dapper actors, successful professionals – and those who aspired to be like them. Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Lena Horne, Thurgood Marshall, W.E.B. DuBois, Aaron Douglas, and many more made it their abode.  So it was a logical name for Patience Higgins — who presides over the Monday night jam sessions at historic St. Nick’s Pub (Charlie Parker recorded there; Billy Strayhorn hung there when the club was known as Lucky’s Rendezvous) —to call his band.  The Sugar Hill Quartet is one of the great jazz bands of modern Harlem.

If you like your jazz uptempo and overflowing with vitality, look no farther. Patience Higgins is a cooking, muscular-toned tenorman somewhere between Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins — a musician great enough to have toured with Ellington, David Murray and Stevie Wonder.  He really shines with a big, speedy bebop tenor sound.  Ever patient, Higgins waited nearly 25 years for a recording date of his own, but it was worth it: Live in Harlem, produced by Hammiet Bluiett for Mapleshade Records, is a terrific CD.

PJS is thrilled to welcome Patience Higgins and The Sugar Hill Quartet back to our stage!

Event Location and Ticket Information

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PJS Jazz Society (at First Presbyterian Church)
199 North Columbus Ave
Mount Vernon, NY
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Times: 5:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Ticket pricing:

$25 - General
$10 - Student

Presenter: PJS Jazz Society, Inc.
Presenter Phone: 914-667-0823
Presenter Website:

Sponsor Message

PJS Jazz Society presents the best in jazz every Second Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, September through April. Young Musicians opening set from 5:15-6:00 pm. Two Headliner sets from 6:30-9:00 pm. Concerts are held in a cabaret setting. Additional parking available at the Holmes School (next to the Church on Columbus Avenue).