Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 8, 2012

Letter: Recalling another jazz player


The Andover Townsman

---- — Editor, Townsman:

“Music in Andover Part II” by Gail Ralston (an Andover Stories column) mentioned Daniel Pinkham, a 1940 graduate of Phillips Academy but overlooked another who graduated 10 years later.

Hayden Higgens and I were kindergarten classmates at Briggs Allen on Abbot Street. Hayden was the first graduate of his 1950 class to see service in the Korean War. Upon discharge he began his music career in jazz and changed his name to Eddie Higgens. He could have joined professional jazz groups but chose to play in his adopted city of Chicago and record his unique style of jazz.

Robert Stefani

332 South Main St.