Bobbi Humphrey
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LEGENDARY FLUTIST, BOBBI HUMPHREY

Jazz Flutist,Writer, Producer. Currently, C.E.O of my label, PARADISE SOUNDS RECORDS. Recorded over twenty albums as a leader. And recorded with suchartists asLee Morgan, Stevie Wonder, Guru, Common. Classic hit, "HARLEM RIVER DRIVE". Working on tribute project to Lee Morgan and touring.

BOBBI HUMPHREY - "FIRST LADY OF FLUTE" She has been named First Lady of the Flute by the critics and listeners alike and, from the accomplishments in her musical career, deservedly so. For three decades now, 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. Certainly a lady playing a flute must have seemed something of a novelty then. Humphrey proved, however, she was not just a first or novelty, but a talent to be reckoned with. For in 1973, her LP, Blues and Blues was not only a huge commercial success, but established a strong crossover market for her. Also, in 1973, she was invited to the prestigious Montreux International Music Festival in Switzerland where Leonard Feather, noted critic of the Los Angeles Times, acclaimed her the surprise hit of the festival. Since then Humphrey has continuously proved her sustaining power, for today she is the only successful female urban-pop flutist on the scene. Further proof is the fact that she was acclaimed Best Female Instrumentalist (1976 and 1978 to both Billboard and Record World, and Best Female Vocalist in Cashbox. This is certainly a milestone for any instrumentalist. Born in Marlin, Texas and raised in Dallas, Humphreys training on flute began in high school and continued through her years at Texas Southern University and Southern Methodist University. It was there that Dizzy Gillespie spotted her when he served as a judge in a school-wide competition . With Gillespie encouraging her to pursue a career in New York City, Humphrey wrote a letter to New Yorks famed Apollo Theatre and received a telegram soon afterwards telling her, We have reserved a spot for you on Amateur Night. She didnt take further convincing , nor did she have trouble finding her spot in the music industry. The title of one of her Epic LPs The Good Life, best describes her career. Humphrey has played with the best, ranging from Duke Ellington (her third day in New York) to Lee Morgan to Stevie Wonder (featured on Songs In The Key of Life LP in 1977). Between 1971 and 1976, Bobbi recorded six albums for Blue Note Records. In 1974, she recorded the successful Satin Doll LP. 1977 was another big year for Humphrey. For the third consecutive year she was voted Best Flutist in Ebony Magazine Readers Poll. She was signed to Epic Records. She was invited back to the Montreux Music Festival., and honored with the Key to New Orleans. It was not only a year of musical growth but of commercial expansion as well, because in 1977 Humphrey formed Bobbi Humphrey Music Company to publish her compositions as well as composers. She also formed Innovative Artist Management to handle her business affairs. Humphrey has also gone to gather numerous awards and citations for her music. These awards have included the keys to cities for the United States and a Congressional Appointment to the Community Advisory Committee. Also, the business world has recognized Bobbis talents in that arena. She has received various awards for her business accomplishments and high ethics from the City of New York, Dollars and Sense magazine, and was featured in financial section of Billbaord Magazine. However, Humphreys longevity on the charts has been her greatest award. Her LP Freestyle was one of the hottest LPs during the summer of 78. And with her LP The Good Life, the summer of 79 was not only good, but hot! The eighties were a period of rapid creative and business expansion, and community activism. Whether it is from the stage of Carnegie Hall or an intimate jazz room in Europe or Atlanta live performing remains her first love. However, she enjoys composing and producing musical jingles for several major corporations, such as Halston and Anheuser Busch and doing solo work for the television on such shows as the Cosby Show. Though she is petite, one can see that she has the talent and heart as big as the State of Texas. Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins says it best, Bobbi Humphreys dedication to artistic excellence is matched only by her social activism and concern for those in need. This includes her working on various political campaigns, performing at senior citizens homes, fundraising concerts for the United Negro College Fund, and speaking before the General Assembly of the United Nations about the Ethiopian famine in the eighties. Ever growing and seeking new challenges Bobbi produced one of her most exciting and personal LPs entitled City Beat in 1989. City Beat remained on the Billboard Magazine Black Charts for sixteen weeks. She served as producer, wrote many of the songs and gathered some of her musical friends to share in the treat. As the beat went on, the nineties held the promise of some of Bobbis greatest musical and commercial expansion. In 1990 her company Bobbi Humphrey Music, Inc., signed a production agreement with Warner Bros. Records, in which she brought new artists to the label and produced new material. Her agreement with Warner Bros. followed her discovering, and bringing to the attention of Warner Bros. A&R executives, R & B vocalist Tevin Campbell. Following the success of Bobbi Humphrey Music selling in excess of five million units of the Campbell records, Ms. Humphrey boldly launched her label, Paradise Sounds Records, in 1994. She recorded her first release Passion Flute, which was recently re-released and continues to be one of her fans all-time favorite recording. The albums concept is to showcase Bobbi Humphrey with a cool jazz setting; mostly at mid-tempo: although there is a surprising uptempo version of his huge hit, Harlem River Drive. There are also two original ballads in which Bobbi features the smooth singing of Dwayne Whitehead. Another song features two great artists and friends of Bobbi, Gwen Guthrie on vocal and Ralph MacDonald on percussion. From the first track, Steppin Out which features Bobbis flute on a hauntingly smooth, yet strong hook, to the last track, Rainbows, a soaring ballad, her passionate and pure flute playing is ever present. InPassion Flute, her fans old and new will surely have a greater passion.
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Posted on July 28, 2009 at 10:52am 0 Comments

"AND I WILL PAINT MY WORLD IN PASTEL POSSIBILITIES ."CopyrightBobbiHumphrey2009

"A THOUGHT"

Posted on July 13, 2008 at 9:15am 0 Comments

...."AND WHAT WE ALWAYS SHOULD HAVE KNOWN.


OUR GREATEST GIFT


WAS TO WELCOME

THE MOMENTS

AND EMBRACE


JOY!


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"MUSICSPEAK"

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SO I LET THE MUSIC SPEAK FOR ME

FOR I AM TOO HAPPY TO BE.

WITH MELODIES,

TREES,

SEAS

YOU AND ME.

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"HAPPY TO BE"

Posted on July 10, 2008 at 8:50am 1 Comment

Hello everyone,



I am overjoyed to find this very special place for Jazz. And I am happy to be here now. Everyday I am learning the endless possibilities of technology, particularly the internet. Now we can share music, news, thoughts,etc. instantly and globally. As creators of this music called Jazz, the internet has brought about a new creative and commercial freedom never shared, or even imagined by our early Jazz family. Who knew that technology would be the bridge, the path to… Continue

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At 9:34am on January 20, 2010, Paul " SEQUENCE " Ferguson said…
Always your friend.
At 2:35pm on July 27, 2009, SpokenWord Jazz said…
Hello Bobbi, I've loved your work ALWAYS!
God bless you
www.SpokenWordGospel.com
If you are open to collab? Please let me know
Paashion
At 7:30pm on June 29, 2009, Zinnie "Zephria" Jones said…
Thanks for adding me as a friend I'm a fan. Look forward to seeing you the next time you are in the DC metro area.
At 11:41am on June 10, 2009, Sandi said…
Bobbi,

Thank you for adding me...I am a fan and am so pleased to see you here!

Stay close.
At 6:22am on June 10, 2009, Peter Davis said…
Dear Bobbi,

Greetings from London.

Sincerely hope the road's a great and continuing success for a fabulous player and an inspirational force for - and in - music.

Many kindest and
BIG respect,
Peter
[one flautist (well...I bow maa'm) to another!]
At 4:45am on February 1, 2009, Clifford Charles said…
Thanks for the music!!!
At 1:50am on December 21, 2008, Reggie Love said…
You are a beautiful and talented legend for sure. Thanks for the dedication and sacrifice your have given for our art form.
Reggie
At 9:36pm on December 20, 2008, Martin Clay said…
We're hooked up on MySpace thought we could be friends here also. :-). I don't have my tracks posted as yet but if you would like to hear some of my work check out my MySpace site.
MySpace.com - Martin Clay - Vancouver, CA - Nu-Jazz / Lounge / Down-tempo - www.myspace.com/playwithclayproductions
Cheers,
martin
At 9:22am on October 24, 2008, Wake Campbell said…
You are one of my Heros; Glad to find you here.
At 3:03am on October 15, 2008, Joan-Adrienne said…
Ms. Humphrey,

What a joy to see you on TJN! I have always admired your work.

Joan-Adrienne
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