|Birth name||Wilbur Harden|
December 31, 1924|
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Associated acts||John Coltrane, Yusef Lateef|
Harden is most known for his recordings with saxophonists Yusef Lateef and John Coltrane, and also with trombonist Curtis Fuller. One of the first jazz trumpeters to double on flugelhorn, his playing became less frequent due to illness. He started his career with Roy Brown and Ivory Joe Hunter, before moving to Detroit in 1957 to play with Yusef Lateef's quintet. In late 1958 Harden fell seriously ill, spending four whole years under medical care. His last recording session took place in 1960 with Curtis Fuller's group, following a brief release from the hospital. After that, he quit playing and died in 1969 in New York.
He is a 1991 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.
- The King and I (1958, Savoy Records)
- Mainstream 1958 (1958, Savoy)
- Jazz Way Out (1958, Savoy)
- Tanganyika (1958, Savoy)
- Dial Africa: The Savoy Sessions (1977, Savoy)
- Gold Coast (1977, Savoy)
- Countdown: The Savoy Sessions (1978, Savoy)
- The Complete Savoy Sessions (1999)
- The Complete Mainstream 1958 Sessions (2009)
With John Coltrane
- Gold Coast (1958, Savoy Records)
- Stardust (1958, Prestige Records)
- Standard Coltrane (1958, Savoy Records)
- The Master (Prestige Records)
- Bahia (Prestige Records)
With Curtis Fuller
With Yusef Lateef
- Jazz and the Sounds of Nature (Savoy, 1957)
- Prayer to the East (Savoy, 1957)
- The Sounds of Yusef (Prestige, 1957)
- Other Sounds (New Jazz, 1957)
- Cry! - Tender (New Jazz, 1957)