Hilton Jefferson

Best known for leading the saxophone section of the Cab Calloway band for almost a decade, it’s amazing that Hilton Jefferson isn’t more of a common name among jazzers. An extremely versatile player, Hilton can be heard playing with the bands of Coleman Hawkins, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, and Chick Webb on countless different occasions. Unfortunately for Jefferson, the no-so-steady income of a full time musician ultimately forced him to become a bank guard to support himself. Fortunately for us, there are a multitude of various recordings still around that demonstrate his soft and delicate sound paired with an exquisite sensibility for melodic content.

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