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Saxophonist Harold Ousley Dies at 86

Played with Miles, Billie, Basie and Duke

Harold Ousley

Saxophonist and flutist Harold Lomax Ousley, who worked in the hard bop and soul-jazz realms, died Aug. 13 of unknown causes. The place of death was also not disclosed.

Ousley was born Jan. 23, 1929, in Chicago. After high school, he turned professional, working with circus bands in the late ’40s. In the early ’50s, he played with Gene Ammons, King Kolax and Miles Davis. In the ’50s, he also accompanied Billie Holiday, Brother Jack McDuff, Howard McGhee, Joe Newman, Bud Powell, Clark Terry Dinah Washington and Joe Williams. In the ’70s, Ousley played in the big bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton. He also worked with pop, blues and R&B performers, such as George Benson, Big Maybelle, Charles Brown, Ruth Brown, Percy Mayfield, Sunnyland Slim and Jimmy Witherspoon.

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