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Hilton Jefferson

Born: Jul 30, 1903

Death: Nov 14, 1968

Birthplace: Danbury

Nationality: United States

Hilton Jefferson

Date of Birth : Jul 30, 1903
Date of Death : Nov 14, 1968
Birth Place : Danbury

Hilton Jefferson was an American jazz alto saxophonist born in Danbury, Connecticut, perhaps best known for leading the saxophone section from 1940–1949 in the Cab Calloway band. Jefferson is said to have been "a soft, delicate saxophone player, with an exquisite sensibility." In 1929 Jefferson began his professional career with Claude Hopkins, and throughout the 1930s was busy working for the big bands of Chick Webb, Fletcher Henderson and McKinney's Cotton Pickers. From 1952–1953 Jefferson performed with Duke Ellington, but ultimately became a bank guard to support himself with a steady income. In the 1950s he continued to perform, especially with Rex Stewart and some former members of the Fletcher Henderson band.

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