Harold Land, a West Coast tenor saxophonist who shared stages with many jazz greats from the bop era, died from a stroke on Fri. July 27 in Los Angeles. He was 73.
Land grew up in San Diego and started playing tenor when he was 16. He found an entryway into jazz circuits as a member of the legendary Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet in 1954. His sound evolved from rhythm and blues to hard-driving bop with the Brown-Roach group and, later, as he co-led groups with Bobby Hutcherson and Blue Mitchell. Land’s best-known albums as leader include In the Land of Jazz and The Fox.
Land spent his final years teaching jazz at UCLA and playing full force with the Harold Land-Billy Higgins Quintet. Land’s final record, The Promised Land (Audiophoric), released last year, features Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, Billy Higgins on drums.
Land is survived by his wife, Lydia, his son, Harold Land Jr., and a grandson.
A Buddhist memorial service will be held on Sept. 4, 2001 at 7:00 PM at
SGI USA Friendship Center
5899 Venice Blvd. (at the corner of Venice & Fairfax)
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Land will have a private burial service at sea.