Her second album was called Hip Harp, released in 1958. She worked with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers to Freddie Hubbard and Common. She was a first cal in LA for session harpists and released 10 albums in her name in her life. A highly regarded musician making an instantly recognisable sound… Dorothy Ashby is rocking my world.
Mary Osborne on guitar here. 10th of 11 children in a musical family with all sorts of skills including instrument making and playing. Find her in the Herstoryplaylists, or seek out her first album from 1959 called A Girl and Her Guitar. Apparently she made a trio record with Coleman Hawkins and Art Tatum in New Orleans but I haven't found it yet.
Beryl Booker of Philadelphia was a swing pianist. She led her own trio with Bonnie Wetzel and Elaine Leighton and they recorded in 1954. Their record features on the 40s and 50s Jazz Herstory playlist. She also played with Don Byas and Slam Stewart and toured the USA and Europe.
Terry Pollard pictured here on vibraphone. She also played piano and had a long standing collaboration with Terry Gibbs, touring through the 50s. She also played with Elvin Jones, Coltrane, Miles Davis, Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington, Diana Ross and the Supremes. Check out her self titled album released on Bethlehem Records in '55. Source article here
This is Vi Redd on saxophone with Mary Osborne on guitar. Daughter of New Orleans drummer Alton Redd, Vi's career highlights include her own album Bird Call in 1962, 10 consecutive weeks at Ronnie Scott's in London, Touring US and Canada with Earl Hines, Europe and Africa with Basie. Source article here
Melba Liston is so swinging. I love her playing. So did Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Count Basie and Clark Terry apparently, she played with all of them. Welcome to the 40s and 50s.
Amazing picture of Antonia Gonzales on cornet drawn by George Schmidt. She was a "madame" and music was part of her advertising in Storyville, New Orleans.
Tiny Davis had a wild ride! She was trumpet player in Harlem Playgirls in the late 30s and joined the International Sweethearts in the 40s. Then ran a restaurant. Yes!
Viola Smith here, one of the first American female jazz drummers. From a band of sister jazz musicians to her own all female orchestra. She was active until 1975.
This picture is of Dixie Fasnacht, clarinetist and saxophonist, pictured here on vocals. Her surname is very apt: Fasnacht is the German equivalent of Mardi Gras.
Willie Mae "Rabbit" Wong, pictured here, played baritone saxophone with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.
This picture is of Billie Pierce. She was born in Florida, one of seven piano playing sisters. She began playing professionally in 1922 aged 15 and later lived in New Orleans where she was a member of Preservation Hall Jazz Band in the 50s 60s and 70s.
"Sweet" Emma Bassett pictured here on piano. Born in New Orleans in 1897, she played with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band as well as being a band leader in the 60s.
The Ladies of Nickerson School of Music. Camile-Lucile Nickerson of New Orleans started a club for advanced students called the B# Club circa 1917.
Olivia Porter Shipp on bass. Born in New Orleans in 1880, she played in bands from the 20s through to the 50s. Band leader, bassist and activist, she set up the Negro Women's Orchestral and Civic Association to help people get gigs.
Here's Memphis Minnie, who left home at 13 to play the blues on street corners of Beale Street, Memphis in 1910.
I love this picture. 57 jazz musicians gathered in Harlem for a photo shoot. The three women in it are singer Maxine Sullivan, pianist Marian McPartland and singer and pianist Mary Lou Williams.