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Hilary Noble

Hilary Noble is woodwind player, Afro-Latin percussionist, composer and music educator living in the Boston area. He has performed all over the U.S, Europe, and in Puerto Rico. His music has been played on radio stations internationally and featured prominently on local programs such as WGBH’s “Eric in the Evening”, on which he has performed live with his band Enclave. In 2008 Enclave received a grant from Chamber Music America to compose an Afro-Cuban jazz suite: the resulting work was premiered live on WGBH and at the Jazz Gallery in New York City. Artists Hilary Noble has played and recorded with include Bobby Sanabria’s Ascención, Esperanza Spalding, John Santos, Ray Vega, Chris Washburne, Charles Neville, Bo Diddley, Eric Krasno, Entrain, Max Creek, Bob Moses, Robin Kenyatta, Clifford Thornton, and Alvin Queen.


2008 Chamber Music America Grant for Composing a Multimovement Work for Small Ensemble


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"“Noble Savage”, only the start of something very, very good." (Bob Young, Boston Herald) "A talent deserving wider recognition, his playing is intense, creative, sublime, nuanced, as are his compositions which provide great vehicles for the soloist and nice twists and turns for the rhythm section..." (Bobby Sanabria, Musician, Educator and Host of WBGO "Latin Jazz Cruise") "Headed by trumpet master Ray Vega... the ensemble included the explosive trombonist Chris Washburne and killer saxophonist Hilary Noble in the front line." (nippertown.com) "...may open your eyes to a whole new horizon of endless musical possibilities, Hats off to Hilary Noble!" (Jazz Improv) While the excitement of the Latin rhythmic ambience is the recording's most striking feature, several very fine improvised solos also contribute to its appeal

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor



Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Tenured teacher at Boston Public Schools, taught World Music at Art Institute of New England, accompanist at Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Have conducted clinics on percussion of the African Diaspora and Afro-Latin music.

Albert Ayler
saxophone, tenor
Don Byas
saxophone, tenor
Scott Robinson
saxophone, baritone
Mongo Santamaria
John Coltrane
George Garzone
saxophone, tenor
Joe Henderson


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Corners of the Sky

Riverview Productions


Enclave Diaspora

Enclave Jazz



Zoho Music


Noble Savage

Whaling City Sound


Arapaho Ghost Dance

From: Corners of the Sky
By Hilary Noble

Blackfoot Blueprint, Greg Snedeker

From: Corners of the Sky
By Hilary Noble



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