Harold Ousley

Harold Ousley ( born January 29, 1929 in Chicago) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and flutist.

Ousley began his career in the late 1940s; in the 1950s, he contributed to recordings by Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington ( Sings Bessie Smith, in 1957/58 ) as an accompanist. He also played at this time in the band of Gene Ammons, then worked in the 1960s with Jack McDuff ( Silken Soul, 1966) and George Benson. In 1961 he took on Bethlehem Records on a first album under his own name, to the participated among others Julian Priester, Charles Davis and drummer Walter Perkins. In the 1970s he played in the bands of Lionel Hampton and Count Basie and still took some albums with his own bands, including Muse Records. He then joined again in 2000 to the Chicago Delmark label with the hard bop album Grit - Grittin ' Feelin' in appearance, which contains, inter alia, a cover version of the Goffin -King song " Go Away, Little Girl".

Disco Graphical Notes

  • Tenor Sax ( Bethlehem Records, 1961)
  • Sweet Double Happiness ( Muse Records, 1972)
  • The Kid ( Cobblestone Records, 1972)
  • The People 's Groove ( Muse Records, 1972)
  • Grit - Grittin ' Feelin ' ( Delmark, 2000)


  • Richard Cook & Brian Morton: The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, 8th Edition, London, Penguin, 2006 ISBN 0-141-02327-9