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Harold Vick
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Background information
Birth name Harold Edward Vick
Born April 3, 1936
Rocky Mount, North CarolinaUnited States
Died November 13, 1987(aged 51)
New YorkNew York, United States
Genres Hard bopSoul jazz
Instruments Tenor saxophoneclarinetflute
Years active 1950s–1987
Labels Blue Note RecordsRCA Victor
Associated acts Grant GreenJack McDuffJimmy McGriffShirley Scott

Harold Vick (April 3, 1936 – November 13, 1987) was an American hard bop and soul jazz saxophonist and flautist.

Harold Vick was born on April 3, 1936 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. At the age of 13 he was given a clarinet by his uncle, Prince Robinson,a clarinet and tenor saxophone player who had been a member of McKinney’s Cotton Pickers. Three years later he took up the tenor saxophone, and soon began playing in R&B bands. He continued to perform, still largely with R&B bands, while studying psychology at Howard University.

Steppin’ Out!, Vick’s first album as leader, was recorded for Blue Note in 1963. After a 1965 performance at Carnegie Hall with Donald Byrd, Vick secured a contract for further albums as leader, and from 1966 to 1974 he had further recording sessions for the RCAMuse, and Strata-East labels.

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