Harold Ashby

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Harold Ashby (March 21, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri – June 13, 2003 in New York City) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He worked with Duke Ellington's band, having replaced Jimmy Hamilton in 1968.[1] In 1959, he recorded backing Willie Dixon on the latter's debut album, Willie's Blues.[2]

Ashby worked as a freelance musician after leaving the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1975, and took part in various reunions of Ellington alumni, as well as recording and gigging with his own bands.[3]


  • On the Sunny Side of the Street (Timeless, 1992)

With Ben Webster

With Paul Gonsalves

With Otis Rush

  • Blues Masters, volume 2 (1972 re-release of 1950's Cobra label recordings)


  1. ^ "Biodata". Archived from the original on February 5, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "Willie's Blues - Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim | Credits". AllMusic. 1959-12-03. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  3. ^ Cook, Richard (2005). Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia. London, UK: Penguin Books. p. 22. ISBN 0-141-00646-3.

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