Harold Vick

born on 3/4/1936 in Rocky Mount, NC, United States

died on 13/11/1987 in New York City, NY, United States

Harold Vick

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Harold Vick (April 3, 1936  November 13, 1987) was an American hard bop and soul jazz saxophonist and flautist born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Vick released several albums as leader during the 1960s and 70s, and worked with Grant Green, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff and Shirley Scott, among others as sideman. Vick also played with Nat Adderley, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Mercer Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Taylor, Donald Byrd, Horace Silver, Ray Charles & Gene Ammons.[1]

He played in films such as Stardust Memories and Cotton Club, in which he played a musician. He also was in the Spike Lee film School Days. He featured on the soundtrack for She's Gotta Have It. [2]


As leader

As sideman

With Jack McDuff

  • Goodnight, It's Time to Go (Prestige, 1961)
  • On With It! (Prestige, 1961 [1971])
  • Brother Jack Meets the Boss (Prestige, 1962) - with Gene Ammons
  • Soul Summit Vol. 2 (Prestige, 1962) - with Gene Ammons
  • Somethin' Slick! (Prestige, 1963)
  • Brother Jack at the Jazz Workshop Live! (Prestige, 1963)
  • Crash! (Prestige, 1963) - with Kenny Burrell
  • Live It Up (1966)
  • Soul Circle (Prestige, 1966)
  • Steppin' Out (Prestige, 1961-66 [1969])
  • The Fourth Dimension (Cadet, 1974)

With John Patton

  • Along Came John (Blue Note, 1963)
  • Oh Baby! (Blue Note, 1965)

With Grant Green

  • His Majesty King Funk (Verve, 1965)
  • The Final Comedown (Blue Note, 1971)

With Richard "Groove" Holmes

  • Soul Mist! (Prestige, 1966, released 1970)

With Duke Pearson

  • Prairie Dog (Atlantic, 1966)

With McCoy Tyner

  • Cosmos (Blue Note, tracks with Vick rec. 1969, 1977)

With Johnny Hammond

  • Wild Horses Rock Steady (Kudu, 1971)
  • Gambler's Life (Salvation, 1974)

With Houston Person

  • Houston Express (Prestige, 1971)

With Bernard Purdie

  • Soul Is... Pretty Purdie (Flying Dutchman, 1972)

With Horace Silver

  • Total Response (Blue Note, 1971)
  • All (Blue Note, 1972)
  • The United States of Mind (Compiles both above albums; Blue Note, 2004)

With Compost

  • Compost (Columbia, 1972)
  • Life Is Round (Columbia, 1973)

With Bu Pleasant

  • Ms. Bu (Muse, 1973)

With Shirley Scott

  • One for Me (Strata-East, 1974)

With Bob Moses

  • Home in Motion (Ra-Kalam Records, 2012, recorded 1979)


  1. Harold E. Vick, 51, A Tenor Saxophonist, The New York Times, November 17, 1987. URL accessed on May 4, 2010.
  2. Kelsey, Chris. [Harold Vick at All Music Guide Harold Vick Biography]. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2007-06-23.
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