There were hardly any jazz harpists ever sold and Dorothy Ashby was among the greats. In some way she could play reliable bebop on her behalf instrument. Being a pianist she examined at Wayne Condition School, and in 1952 she turned to harp. Within 2 yrs, Ashby was gigging in jazz, and in 1956 she produced her first documenting as a head. Between 1956-1970, she led ten albums for such brands as Savoy, Prestige, New Jazz, Argo, Jazzland, Atlantic, and Cadet, guested on many information, and was solidly established as a high studio and program player. She transferred to the Western world Coastline in the 1970s and was energetic until her death.
|1||Jazz and bop harpist in clubs in Philadelphia, New York, and Detroit, daughter of Wiley Thompson, a jazz guitarist. She studied piano and music education at Wayne State University and performed with Louis Armstrong and Woody Herman. She was a bandleader of trios and quartets which included Frank Wess, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Cobb, and many others between the late 1950s and the mid-1960s. In the early 1960s she was host of a radio program in Detroit, and in the mid-1970s, after moving to California, she played in studio orchestras on albums by Sonny Criss and Stanley Turrentine. She also worked in theater pit orchestras conducted by her husband, John Ashby.|
|Human Highway||1982||musician: harp|
|Classic Albums||1997||TV Series documentary||Herself|
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