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Bobbi Humphrey

Bobbi Humphrey is a jazz flautist whose musical tastes lean toward fusion and smooth jazz-pop. From the outset of her career, Humphrey was quite popular, winning a large crossover audience with her pop-oriented jazz-fusion. Throughout her career, her popularity exceeded her critical acclaim, but she received high marks for her technique and showmanship. Audiences stayed with Humphrey for decades, buying her records and attending her concerts from the Montreux Festival to Carnegie Hall.

Although Bobbi Humphrey was born in Marlin, TX, she was raised in Dallas. She began playing flute in high school and continued her studies at Texas Southern University and Southern Methodist University. Dizzy Gillespie saw Humphrey play at a talent contest at Southern Methodist and, impressed with what he had heard, he urged her to pursue a musical career in New York City. She followed through on his advice, getting her first big break performing at the Apollo Theater on amateur night. Shortly afterward, she began playing regularly throughout the city, including a gig with Duke Ellington.

Humphrey signed with Blue Note in 1971. Her smooth blend of jazz, funk, pop, and R&B fit in well with the new sound of Blue Note, and her six albums for the label -- Flute In, Dig This, Blacks and Blues, Satin Doll, Live at Montreux, and Fancy Dancer -- were all successes. In particular, 1973's Blacks and Blues was a rousing success, earning her a crossover pop and R&B audience. That same year, she played the Montreux Festival in Switzerland. In 1976, she was named Best Female Instrumentalist by Billboard. The following year, she switched record labels, signing with Epic and releasing Tailor Made that same year. She also played on Stevie Wonder's platinum album Songs in the Key of Life in 1977.

Tailor Made was the first of three albums for Epic Records; Freestyle followed in 1978 and The Good Life appeared about a year afterward. During the '80s, Humphrey continued to perform regularly, even if she didn't record often. She returned to recording in 1989, releasing City Beat on Malaco Records. Five years later, Passion Flute appeared on her own Paradise Sounds label, where she is President and C.E.O. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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I agree , real talent comes from an innate, raw source which still requires practice.
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Love Bobbi. Attend Lincoln high school in Dallas Texas with her.
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Love her work such an amazing artist.....
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I wish all artist would go back to playin instruments that's what I call talent
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johnrobertwa l k e r
Growing up, I had to retrace my music through hiphop and digging. So I suppose the Diggable Planets first put me on to Bobbi. Better late than never.
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I get flashbacks of driving my 1970 Spitfire on the Harlem River Drive back in the summer of 74. Take this car all over Long Island from Roosevlt to West Hampton and upstate. Good old days, love...peace ....and happiness.
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Dig This! from Blacks and Blues to Fancy Dancers living The Good Life enjoying the sounds of City Beat, with HER Passion Flute! We give thanks and praises, for the contribution , brilliance, beauty and creativity of such magnificentl y wonderful artist. THANK YOU!!!!
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so smooth-so serene-one of the most peaceful artists in the mizzel era-thinking of Donald byrd and the blackbyrds and bobbie-so many years later sounding better than ever...
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ladonta1954
listen to message while injoyiing the music! doesn't get any better than this!
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Love this music
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I've been a lover of her music since the early 70's Love child !
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"You Make Me Feel So Good"An Era"70's"
Gone But Never Forgotten-H- T o w n
LOVE'S Disciple*978 * ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
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Gangster !!!
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classic
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Homemade jam with Stevie Wonder was , and still the best sandwich musically tasteful to my ears !
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Bring back Homemade Jam and Freestyle. The Bomb
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Bobbis music is sweeter than sugar... ;-)
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Cruising the Pacific ocean in the navy 1973...takes me back. Thanks Bobbi H.
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I LOVE HER AND WILL ALWAYS WILL !!!!!
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Have been listening to this beautiful lady since the 70's... just wish she would put out more...her music and the view of a skyline filled withs street lights of a cosmo city goes hand in hand on a Summers night.
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lingal17
One of my favorites.
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I have the joy of meeting her in person a few months ago at the Blue Note in NYC she was charming,war m , and very nice.
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i was mire than pleased to hear Bobbi's music come up on this station. i have really missed her sound. My great hope is that she would begin to go into the studio more. Her sound and style will remain one of the most significant contribution s to my appreciation of music. I understand she has been behind the scene, come on out front again.
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lrichards845
What's truly wonderful, my son suggested I add Bobbi to my playlist. From the mouth of babes!
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I still play her album yes album Satin Doll. Bring back wonderful memories.
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Harlem River Drive is my Favorite
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Love this
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donw1957
Just Beautiful, bring back very pleasurable memory's.
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I love you since the day I discovered jazz. Your are simply the best.
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Im a big fan of boby and her thought stering music, since WBGO in NY and WRVR in NJ. play on, play on sis.
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Richard King You Played Bobbi Hunphrey on Wjzz,Wchd,Ye a r s .
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Damn, girl you saved my life many nites after my old man beat my a**. Luv you.
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Chillaxing!! !
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I am a very Big fan of Bobbi since the early '70 while listening to WDAS-FM & WRTI-FM. I love the album Fancy Dancer...the TRIP was hip,but the ride was no where. Please let me know when she comes back in the Camden-Phila area
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i was trying to be quiet but i was in the Lincoln High School band with Bobbi. i believe i was 2 grades behind her. boy i should have stayed in music and not on girls. I used to deliver in the New York area, driving my Pete and i never tried to look her up. Bobbi influenced many of us in the band with Mr Tucker steady pushing us. Thanks Bobbi for pushing on. You gave us one more thing to brag about when came to our high school..
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russboy59
Love the Music!..Remi n d s me of high school in NY ...Real Music YES! RUSS
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We simply called her the B**CH!! Yes, that Blue Note label was hot in the 70's.
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awillms
Love Bobbi but what are the lyrics to The Trip?
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i first heard bobbi a few weeks ago. im in love
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I first heard Bobbi in 1975 in Camden, NJ.... Wow, she still has it... The good ole days....
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I too loved Bobbi's playing! I always think of her when I think of Donald Byrd. Sweet, sweet music from back in my youth!
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quiltingwoma n
remember her and smokin and drinking Blue Nun in the attic in the summertime.. . . . . . those was the days
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this whole cd (album) was and is as tight as it used to be...memorie s . . . g o o d memories
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I love her and the Larry Mizell family. What is she doing now?
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When I saw her perform in person it was an experience I will always remember of her beautiful soulful style.
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I love this site it makes you wish there really was a time machine. Well at least we have Pandora!
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At last somebody remembers that old school came first.
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retropat
In my old age, I had almost forgotten her. Thank you Pandora. You are reviving my heart and soul. I remember being flabbergaste d that a woman could get such recognition. In the day, that was rare as hen's teeth!
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power_jam12
A Classic Hometown Girl........ . . . .
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HARLEM RIVER DRIVE GOT ME THROUGH MY TIME IN THE ARMY. BOBBI,BLACKB Y R D S , C R U S A D E R S .
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