Harold Ousley, Jazz Saxophonist, Dies at 86

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rtbhtyjnyunyumniiuumoDead, Harold Lomax Ousley, born January 23, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, United States and died August 13, 2015, he was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and flautist.

Ousley began playing in the late 1940s, and in the 1950s recorded behind vocalists such as Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington.

He played as a sideman with Gene Ammons in the 1950s and with Jack McDuff and George Benson in the 1960s.

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 his most recent effort, 2000’s Grit-Grittin’ Feelin’.

 

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