Harold Ousley

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Harold Ousley
Birth nameHarold Lomax Ousley
BornJanuary 23, 1929
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedAugust 13, 2015 (aged 86)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
InstrumentsFlute, tenor saxophone

Harold Lomax Ousley (January 23, 1929 – August 13, 2015) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and flautist.[1][2]


Born in Chicago, Ousley began playing in the late-1940s and 1950s. He accompanied Billie Holiday and recorded with Dinah Washington. He played as a sideman with Gene Ammons in the 1950s and with Jack McDuff and George Benson in the 1960s.[1] He released his first record as a leader in 1961. In the 1970s, he played with Lionel Hampton and Count Basie in addition to releasing further material as a leader. After 1977, he did not release another album under his own name until Grit-Grittin' Feelin' (2000).[1] Ousley died on August 13, 2015, in Brooklyn.


As leader[edit]

  • Tenor Sax (Bethlehem, 1961)
  • The Kid! (Cobblestone, 1972)
  • The People's Groove (Muse, 1977)
  • Sweet Double Hipness (Muse, 1980)
  • That's When We Thought of Love (J's Way Records, 1986)
  • Grit-Grittin' Feelin' (Delmark, 2000)

As sideman[edit]

With Jack McDuff


  1. ^ a b c Alex Henderson. "Harold Ousley". Allmusic. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  2. ^ "Jazz Musician Harold Ousley Passes Away". BWW MusicWorld.com. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2016.

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