Harold Land is a world class jazz artist of international stature. Born in Houston, Texas, Land lived in San Diego, California until moving to Los Angeles in 1954. That same year, he joined the legendary Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet.
Harold Land’s recording credits read like a “Who’s Who”, including Thelonius Monk, Wes Montgomery, Red Garland, Hampton Hawes, Bobby Hutcherson, Blue Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett and his thirty plus year association with Gerald Wilson and his Orchestras. However, his first recording was the Harold Land All-Stars, for the Savoy label, on April 25, 1948 in Los Angeles. Harold Land has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, for performance and composition. Previous awards include, Music Connection’s Player’s Poll as Jazz Musician of the Year (1980, 1981).
Harold’s unique sound was frequently heard in Jazz local clubs, such as Shelly’s Manne Hole, during the ’60’s and ’70’s. His television credits include appearances from Stockholm, Sweden toLjubljana, Yugoslavia and Barcelona Spain. A featured soloist for Tony Bennett, Harold Land has been featured in past years on the Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas shows.
Movie soundtrack appearances include, ‘They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?’ and ‘Carmen Jones’. Since 1983, Harold Land has been part of the Timeless All Stars group, which tours Japan, Europe and the U.S. Recognized throughout the world for his distinctive tenor saxophone and unique musical compositions, Harold Land’s stature as a complete musician is rising at a rate that is equal to his ability and his dedication to the art form, jazz.
We are sorry to report that Harold passed away 7-27-01.