Dorothy Ashby 1971

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Dorothy Ashby

Trio View of the Dorothy Ashby Trio, showing harpist Dorothy Ashby performing with guitarist and drummer. Handwritten on back 1971-06-20


© E. Azalia Hackley Collection


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Dorothy Ashby

playing harp at reception for American Institute of Architects

 1971-06-20


© E. Azalia Hackley Collection


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Dorothy Ashby

playing harp at reception for American Institute of Architects

 1971-06-20


© E. Azalia Hackley Collection


Annunci

Dorothy Ashby

Dorothy Ashby

First Album

The Jazz Harpist – 1957

(Regent)


© Dorothy Ashby


Dorothy Ashby

Dorothy Ashby – And Frank Wess – In A Minor Groove – 1958

(Prestige)

“Autumn In Rome”


© Dorothy Ashby


Dorothy Ashby

Dorothy Ashby – Hip Harp – 1958

(Prestige)


© Dorothy Ashby


Dorothy Ashby – Dorothy Ashby (1961)

(ARGO)

“Secret Love”


© Dorothy Ashby


Dorothy Ashby Soft Winds 1961

“Terry Pollard on Vibe”

(Jazzland)


© Dorothy Ashby


Dorothy Ashby

 The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby – 1965

(Atlantic)

Flighty


© Dorothy Ashby


 Dorothy Ashby

Afro-Harping 1968

(Cadet)


© Dorothy Ashby


Dorothy Ashby

Dorothy’s Harp – 1969

(Cadet)

By The Time I Get To Phoenix


© Dorothy Ashby


Dorothy Ashby

The Rubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby – 1970

(Cadet)


© Dorothy Ashby


Dorothy Ashby

Django Misty 1984

(Philips)


© Dorothy Ashby


Dorothy Ashby

Concierto de Aranjuez – 1984

(Philips)


© Dorothy Ashby


 Alternative edition

Dorothy Ashby – I Love Dorothy Ashby – 1969

(Chess record)

 RE -Edit of

Dorothy Ashby – Dorothy Ashby (1961)

(argo)


Dorothy Ashby

Music for Beautiful People 1969

(Prestige)

RE-EDIT of

Dorothy Ashby – And Frank Wess – In A Minor Groove – 1958


© Dorothy Ashby


 

 

Dorothy Ashby 1971

dorothy-ashby-1971-playing-harp-at-reception-for-american-institute-of-architects

Dorothy Ashby

playing harp at reception for American Institute of Architects

Trio View of the Dorothy Ashby Trio, showing harpist Dorothy Ashby performing with guitarist and drummer. Handwritten on back 1971-06-20


© E. Azalia Hackley Collection


Arpista jazz e compositrice americana. Senza dubbio ha portato alla ribalta jazz uno strumento desueto come l’arpa, anzi lo elevò a vero e proprio strumento bebop come il sax per intenderci. I suoi album sono partiti come bebop, ma spesso sono scivolati nel R&B, nell’hip hop e anche nel pop. Il suo talento è indiscusso e la sua creatività sempre al limite della genialità la rende decisamente attuale. Ha sempre fatto scelte molto coraggiose, non ha mai badato molto a vendere, ma piuttosto a continuare quel lungo viaggio verso la sua crescita musicale. Sin da bambina la sua educazione fu impostata proprio in tal senso, non a caso, infatti, si dedicò a molti strumenti (sax, Piano, basso) prima di approdare all’arpa. Innegabile la fatica a far accettare l’arpa nel mondo del jazz, capì che bisognava preparare il terreno con esibizioni soliste prima di offrirsi al mercato, e così fece, anzi allestito un suo trio incominciò a suonare nelle sale da ballo, nelle chiese e nei matrimoni, pur di farsi conoscere. Tra il ’50 ed ‘il ’60 lavorò molto, alla fine approdò in radio, vero trampolino di lancio; da lì in poi collaborò con artisti del tenore di Louis Armstrong e Woody Herman. Parallelamente assieme al marito (John Ashby) formò un gruppo teatrale con l’intento di valorizzare la giovane musica ed i giovani talenti. La collaborazione con il marito era fantastica, molto ben allestita, John si occupava dei testi mentre Dorothy scriveva le musiche di tutte le canzoni. Questa attività ebbe un vasto eco nel panorama musicale degli anni ’60 tanto che Dorothy fu molto richiesta da cantanti come Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Earth, Wind & Fire, Barry Manilow. Lavorò molto, fu decisamente un’artista instancabile, ma un cancro la stroncò nell’aprile 1986, lasciando il suo “genio” un gran vuoto – eng – google translate – American jazz harpist and composer. No doubt led to the jazz spotlight one obsolete instrument like the harp, even elevated him to a real bebop instrument like the saxophone to speak. His albums have gone as bebop, but often slipped into R & B, hip hop and even pop. His talent is unquestioned and its always the creativity of the genius limit makes it very current. Has always done very courageous decisions, he has never paid much attention to sell, but rather to continue the long journey to his musical growth. As a child his education was set in this sense, not by chance, in fact, he devoted himself to many instruments (sax, piano, bass) before landing the harp. Undeniable struggle to push through the harp in the jazz world, he understood that it was necessary to prepare the ground with solo performances Before offering to the market, and he did, indeed set his trio began playing in dance halls, churches and weddings, just to be known. Between ’50 and ”60 worked hard, eventually she landed on the radio, right springboard; from then on he worked with artists of the tenor of Louis Armstrong and Woody Herman. In parallel with her husband (John Ashby) he formed a theater group with the intention of promoting the young music and young talent. The collaboration with her husband was great, very well set out, John took care of the lyrics while Dorothy wrote the music for all the songs. This activity had a vast echo in the music scene of the 60s so that Dorothy was very popular by singers like Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Earth, Wind & Fire, Barry Manilow. He worked a lot, it was definitely a tireless artist, but the crushed cancer in April 1986, leaving his “genius” a great void