Hilary Noble

Hilary Noble

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA

."..one of the tightest, most talented four-piece groups... performing Afro-Atlantic music which embraces Afro-Cuban chant, North American funk, Brazilian chorinho, salsa etc ...with the feel and fire that can only come from musicians totally dedicated to extending the boundaries of jazz" Jazzwise


Hilary Noble founded Enclave in 2003 with pianist Rebecca Cline with a view to reinterpreting the Latin/jazz fusion for the 21st century. The group paints with a broad palette of Afro-Latin and jazz colors and its music has variously been described as fiery, refreshing, and forward-looking.

Enclave released its first, eponymous title on Zoho in 2005 to critical acclaim and strong support from New England-based fans. The recipient of a 2007 New Works Commission from Chamber Music America, Enclave premiered the new suite, Clay, Iron, Water, in the fall of 2008 in Boston and New York. Enclave Diaspora, the quartets second release, offers fresh material whose engaging melodies belie the adventurous harmonies and rhythms that bubble underneath.

The creative partnership of Noble and Cline shows itself in the finishing of each others musical sentences as they jointly conceive, compose, and arrange the music. Their musical grammar derives from a variety of sources: Hilary has studied saxophone with Yusef Lateef in the U.S., and percussion with Maximino Duquesne in Cuba. Rebecca has studied piano with Joanne Brackeen in the U. S., and with Chucho Valds in Cuba. Hilary and Rebecca have performed with some of the torchbearers of the music, including Giovanni Hidalgo, Bobby Sanabria and John Santos.

Bassist Fernando Huergo and drummer Steve Langone anchor the sound of the group, which has been evolving with unchanging personnel for three years. Fernando and Steve have played jointly with the Jinga Trio, Jinga Quintet, Nando Michelin, and have also performed separately with the likes of Luciana Souza, Danilo Perez, Jerry Bergonzi, Dave Samuels, Dave Kikoski, Paulo Braga, and many others.

Enclave has played at the Heineken Jazzfest Puerto Rico, the Iridium (NYC), B. B. King's (NYC), Jazz Gallery (NYC), Cornelia Street Cafe (NYC), Maine Jazz Festival, The Nuyorican Cafe (San Juan), the Regattabar and other venues.


Hilary Noble: "Noble Savage"( Whaling City Sound [WCS16]) with Bobby Sanabria, Charles Neville, John di Martino and Boris Kozlov. "Noble Savage" has been played on nearly 200 radio stations throughout the US and Canada. Selections can be heard streaming at http://www.lastfm.com

Hilary Noble and Rebecca Cline "Enclave" (Zoho 2000510). "Best jazz album of the year" (Allaboutjazz.com, Norm Weinstein.)

Rebecca Cline/Hilary Noble "Enclave Diaspora" (enclavejazz 001)

Beantown Jazz Festival '08 Compilation CD w/ Randy Weston, Cindy Blackman, Sergio Brandao and others.

Entrain: "All One" (Dolphin Safe Records)

Albey Balgochian: "Spirits Dance" (Abop Records)

David Gurland: "David Gurland" (LML Records)

Jon Dowling: "Doing What Comes Naturally" (Blue Wolf Records)

Bruce Miller Project: "Natural Groove"

Crosswalk Balk: "One Direction"

FMRJE 9.0: "Quest"

Set List

Iya Modupue
Suite for Yemaya
Comfort Zone
Once Eleven
Blue Cross
Mars Bars