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Joan Hutton

Joan Hutton is a woodwind performer, composer and music educator residing in Minneapolis and hailing from Toronto, Canada. Her varied musical interests have led her over the years to classical, jazz, funk, free improvisation, pit orchestras and more. She is a long time member of the Ancia Saxophone Quartet, with recordings on the Naxos and Albany labels. In 2022 she released her first jazz album as a leader, along with saxophonist Sue Orfield, on Shifting Paradigm Records. Their second album is due for release in July 2024. Joan is the saxophone instructor at Augsburg University and has a large private studio of clarinet and saxophone students. 


Album Review

Joan Hutton & Sue Orfield: Take That Back

Read "Take That Back" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Joan Hutton and Sue Orfield's Take that Back opens with the smooth dark chocolate crooning of Hutton's bass clarinet. The tune is “Dirty Secret," a Hutton-penned, mid-tempo gem. And initially what comes to mind is (Bennie Maupin and Eric Dolphy aside) how rarely we hear the bass clarinet on a jazz album. Then Orfield's tenor sax enters and interweaves lines with Hutton's, and the pairing of sounds presented with the two reeds and the piano, bass and drums rhythm team ...

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“The arresting contrast between Orfield’s bustle-and-croon tenor sax style and Hutton’s more incisive textures on bass clarinet and alto sax…is a credit to their chemistry and composing.” —Britt Robson (City Pages)

Primary Instrument




Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Saxophone teacher at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN and private studio.

Ben Goldberg
Johnny Hodges
saxophone, alto
Chris Potter
Joshua Redman
Ben Wendel


Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Take That Back

Shifting Paradigm Records


Dodged It

From: Take That Back
By Joan Hutton

Dirty Secret

From: Take That Back
By Joan Hutton

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