BOBBI HUMPHREY Performed at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem
“The First Lady of the Flute,” Bobbi Humphrey, celebrated her 40th anniversary as a recording artist with two sold out performances on August 11th at Ginny’s Supper Club in Marcus Samuellson’s Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem.
She told the crowd, “Feel the music, feel the love. I am so excited. From my days at Texas Southern University and S.M.U. in my hometown of Dallas, my dream was to play my flute.” She continued, “I believe through the power of music, we can explore the power of pure possibilities. Let’s enjoy the ride together!”
Of course Bobbi took the audience on a musical ride with her signaturetune “Harlem River Drive,” as well as “Chicago, Damn” from the 1973 album Black and Blues, and a cover version of Lionel Richie’s “Hello.”
It was appropriate that she was performing in Harlem just one block from where she made her New York City debut more than four decades ago on Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater. Her career highlights include performing with Duke Ellington, recording with Stevie Wonder on his 1976 classic album Songs In The Key of Life, and being recognized by Billboard magazine as Best Female Instrumentalist. Earlier this year she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Women in Jazz Festival in New York.