|Birth name||Harold Edward Vick|
|Born||April 3, 1936
Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States
|Died||November 13, 1987(aged 51)
New York, New York, United States
|Genres||Hard bop, Soul jazz|
|Instruments||Tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute|
|Labels||Blue Note Records, RCA Victor|
|Associated acts||Grant Green, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Shirley Scott|
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 RCA, Muse, and Strata-East labels.