Harold Ashby

Harold Ashby (March 21, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri – June 13, 2003 in New York City) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He worked with Duke Ellington's band, having replaced Jimmy Hamilton in 1968.[1] In 1959, he recorded backing Willie Dixon on the latter's debut album, Willie's Blues.[2]

Ashby worked as a freelance musician after leaving the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1975, and took part in various reunions of Ellington alumni, as well as recording and gigging with his own bands.[3]


As leader

  • Born to Swing: Introducing The Compulsive Tenor Saxophone of Harold Ashby (Columbia, 1960)
  • Tenor Stuff with Paul Gonsalves (Metronome, 1961)
  • Scufflin ' (Black and Blue, 1978)
  • Presenting Harold Ashby (Progressive, 1981)
  • I'm Old Fashioned (Stash, 1991)
  • What Am I Here For? with Mulgrew Miller, Rufus Reid, Ben Riley (Criss Cross, 1992)
  • On the Sunny Side of the Street (Timeless, 1992)
  • Out of Nowhere with Wild Bill Davis (Black and Blue, 1993)
  • Just for You (Mapleshade)

As sideman


  1. "Biodata". Archived from the original on February 5, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  2. "Willie's Blues - Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim | Credits". AllMusic. 1959-12-03. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  3. Cook, Richard (2005). Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia. London, UK: Penguin Books. p. 22. ISBN 0-141-00646-3.

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