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Hilton Jefferson

A reliable and invaluable mainstay in the best black bands of the swing era, Hilton Jefferson raised the standard of every horn section he played in.

His first gigs were playing banjo for the Julian Arthur Orchestra at the Hay Theater in Philadelphia in 1925. He then switched to the alto sax and by the ‘30s he was playing with many bands in New York City, including Claude Hopkins, Chick Webb and King Oliver.

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