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Studio Listening on Saturday: Dorothy Ashby’s Hip Harp and In a Minor Groove

Dorothy Ashby - Article from Detroit Magazine - Nov 13, 1966 (An Insert Supplement for The Detroit Free Press) Features Article " Dorothy Ashby At the Cafe Gourmet" An in depth article on Dorothy Ashby as a jazz musician.
Dorothy Ashby – Article from Detroit Magazine – Nov 13, 1966 (An Insert Supplement for The Detroit Free Press) Features Article ” Dorothy Ashby At the Cafe Gourmet” An in depth article on Dorothy Ashby as a jazz musician. From beyondrecords.

Curt’s Jazz Cafe blog has a wonderful Unsung Women of Jazz series, and on Curt’s recommendation I checked out Dorothy Ashby, and have been listening to Hip Harp and In a Minor Groove in the studio.  Every time I listen, I catch a few bars where I’m not sure what instrument she’s playing, and then I remember it’s the harp.  Dorothy Ashby and her husband had a theatre company in Detroit, and her creativity manifested in composing, playing, and in finding ways to make the harp hip to other jazz musicians.  Frank Wess plays flute on In a Minor Groove, and I am glad to be introduced to him via Dorothy Ashby.  I could only imagine playing with his tone when I was taking flute lessons.

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