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Born in Marlin, Texas and raised in Dallas, Humphrey’s training on flute began in high school and continued through her years at Texas Southern University and Southern Methodist University, where Dizzy Gillespie spotted her at a school-wide competition . Gillespie encouraged her to pursue a career in New York City and Humphrey wrote a letter to New York’s famed Apollo Theatre and received a telegram saying, “We have reserved a spot for you on Amateur Night”. The title of her Epic LP “The Good Life”, best describes her career. Humphrey has played with Duke Ellington, Lee Morgan, and Stevie Wonder and recorded six albums for Blue Note Records. The “First Lady of the Flute”, Bobbi Humphrey has been playing her special brand of music to audiences around the world. Her professional career began in 1971, when she was the first female signed to Blue Note Records. [Website]
This show is presented by Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc.