Wilbur Harden biography

Wilbur Harden

Hard bop, Musical Artist

1924 – 1969


Who was Wilbur Harden?

Wilbur Harden was an American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and composer.

Harden is most known for his recordings with saxophonists Yusef Lateef and John Coltrane, and also with trombonist Curtis Fuller. One of the first jazz trumpeters to double on flugelhorn, Harden started playing less frequently due to illness. He started his career with Roy Brown and Ivory Joe Hunter, before moving to Detroit in 1957 to play with Yusef Lateef's quintet. In late 1958 Harden fell seriously ill, spending four whole years under medical care. His last recording session took place in 1960 with Curtis Fuller's group, following a brief release from the hospital. After that, he quit playing and died in 1969 in New York, completely forgotten by the jazz world.

He is a 1991 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.


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Dec 31, 1924
Also known as
  • John Coltrane-Wilbur Harden Quintet
  • Harden, Wilbur
  • United States of America
Jun 1, 1969
New York City

on July 23, 2013

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