Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Bobbi Humphrey!

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Those who have listened to this show KNOW how much I love to focus on those who paved the way - when that focus involves a multi-talented woman who has grooved a new path in Jazz, my enthusiasm borders on euphoria :) Bobbi Humphrey makes me naturally high. Her accomplishments as a woman - when women weren't flourishing in male dominated endeavors - are astounding. The first female signed to Blue Note Records in 1971, Bobbi thereafter stacked up one accolade after another - recognized as "best" from multiple publications in the 70's, praised by financial leaders for her business sense (she formed her own publishing and management companies decades ago), viewed as a highly involved social activist on a global level, and respected as a producer and mentor. You thought you knew everything about "The First Lady of the Flute", right? You knew about Blacks and Blues, Dig This, Satin Doll, The Good Life - all of her albums - including "Passion Flute" on her own record label. But did you know that Dizzy Gillespie spotted her at Southern Methodist University and twisted her arm to move to New York? Or that she was featured on Stevie Wonder's "Songs in the Key of Life?" That she was working with Duke Ellington on the third day of her arrival in The Big Apple? And the fact that she has been publicly praised for her ethics/artistic sensibilities by no less than a former Mayor? That she has raised money for education and has spoken in front of the United Nations? This amazing woman has had an extraordinary life. And remains as loving toward mankind and positive as any LEGEND you can imagine. The life and times of the extraordinary Bobbi Humphrey will be discussed this Tuesday on "Hybrid Jazz" - the insight from a pioneer is priceless. So is Bobbi! The show starts at one - our beautiful friend joins us at three p.m. Eastern.

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