Harold Vick

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Harold Vick (April 3, 1936 – November 13, 1987) was an American hard bop and soul jazz saxophonist and flautist born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Vick released several albums as leader during the 1960s and 70s, and worked with Grant Green, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff and Shirley Scott, among others as sideman. Vick also played with Nat Adderley, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Mercer Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Taylor, Donald Byrd, Horace Silver, Ray Charles & Gene Ammons.[1]

He played in films such as Stardust Memories and Cotton Club, in which he played a musician. He also was in the Spike Lee film School Days. He featured on the soundtrack for She's Gotta Have It. [2]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Jack McDuff

With John Patton

With Grant Green

With Richard "Groove" Holmes

With Duke Pearson

With McCoy Tyner

  • Cosmos (Blue Note, tracks with Vick rec. 1969, 1977)

With Johnny Hammond

With Houston Person

With Bernard Purdie

With Horace Silver

With Compost

  • Compost (Columbia, 1972)
  • Life Is Round (Columbia, 1973)

With Bu Pleasant

  • Ms. Bu (Muse, 1973)

With Shirley Scott

With Bob Moses

With Pharaoh Sanders

  • Live at the East'" (Impulse, 1971)


  1. ^ "Harold E. Vick, 51, A Tenor Saxophonist". The New York Times. November 17, 1987. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ Kelsey, Chris. "Harold Vick Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-06-23.