Harold Land

Harold Land

Harold Land at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay CA 1982. photo: Brian McMillen
Background information
Born (1928-12-18)December 18, 1928
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Died July 27, 2001(2001-07-27) (aged 72)
Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Genres Jazz, Hard Bop, Post-Bop
Instruments Tenor Saxophone
Years active 1954-2001
Notable instruments
King Super 20

Harold de Vance Land (December 18, 1928 July 27, 2001)[1] was an American hard bop and post-bop tenor saxophonist. Land developed his hard bop playing with the Max Roach/Clifford Brown band into a personal, modern style. His tone was strong and emotional, yet displayed a certain fragility that made him easy to recognize.[2]


Land was born in Houston and grew up in San Diego. He started playing at the age of 16. He made his first recording as the leader of the Harold Land All-Stars, for Savoy Records in 1949. In 1954 he joined the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet. Because of family problems he moved to Los Angeles in 1955. There he played with Curtis Counce, led his own groups, and co-led groups with Bobby Hutcherson, Blue Mitchell, and Red Mitchell. From the 1970s onwards his style showed the influence of John Coltrane.

In the early 1980s through to the early 1990s he worked regularly with the Timeless All Stars, a group sponsored by the Timeless jazz record label. The group consisted of Land on tenor, Cedar Walton on piano, Buster Williams on bass, Billy Higgins on drums, Curtis Fuller on trombone and Bobby Hutcherson on vibes. Land also toured with his own band during this time, often including his son on piano and usually featuring Bobby Hutcherson and Billy Higgins as well. During these years he played regularly at Hop Singhs in Marina Del Rey in the L.A area and the Keystone Korner in San Francisco.

Land was a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined the UCLA Jazz Studies Program as a lecturer in 1996 to teach instrumental jazz combo. "Harold Land was one of the major contributors in the history of the jazz saxophone," said jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell, founder and director of the UCLA Jazz Studies Program. "He was a vital and well-loved member of the jazz faculty here at UCLA."

Land died in July 2001, from a stroke, at the age of 72.[1]

The progressive rock band Yes included a song "Harold Land" on their eponymous debut album in 1969. In a news/blog post on 20 September 2010, Bill Bruford commented about the song - "Harold Land was a hard-bop tenor saxophone player, dead now, but quite why we named a song after him I can’t remember."[3]


As leader

As sideman

With Roy Ayers

With Clifford Brown and Max Roach

With Dolo Coker

With Curtis Counce

With Ella Fitzgerald

With Bill Evans

With Chico Hamilton

With Hampton Hawes

With Billy Higgins

With Elmo Hope

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Les McCann

With Wes Montgomery

With Blue Mitchell

With Donald Byrd

With Hampton Hawes

With Timeless All Stars (Cedar Walton, Curtis Fuller, Bobby Hutcherson, Buster Williams, Billy Higgins)

With Shorty Rogers

With Gerald Wilson

With Jimmy Woods


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