Wilbur Harden

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Wilbur Harden
Birth name Wilbur Harden
Born (1924-12-31)December 31, 1924
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Died June 1969
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Hard bop
Occupation(s) Trumpeter
Instruments Trumpet, flugelhorn
Associated acts John Coltrane, Yusef Lateef

Wilbur Harden (December 31, 1924, Birmingham, Alabama – June 1969, New York City) was an American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and composer.[1]

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.


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With John Coltrane

With Curtis Fuller

With Yusef Lateef