Dorothy Ashby (1932-1986)

Jazz harpist-composer Dorothy Ashby was born Dorothy Jeanne Thompson in Detroit, Michigan, on August 6, 1932, the daughter of self-taught guitarist Wiley Thompson. Raised in the jazz community in the city and tutored by her father to learn harmony and musical instruments, she occasionally provided piano accompaniment for musicians visiting … Read MoreDorothy Ashby (1932-1986)

Paul R. Dusenbury (1935-1998)

Paul Dusenbury was a multi-talented visual artist, musician, teacher, and proponent of the synthesis of many art expressions. His explorations, infectious inspiration, and originality were well appreciated throughout the Seattle, Washington area where he taught and worked. He expressed caring relationships, and art that combined … Read MorePaul R. Dusenbury (1935-1998)

John Adam “Sleepy” Estes (1904-1977)

Image Courtesy of Willa Davis John Adam “Sleepy” Estes, born into a sharecropping family just outside of Ripley, Tennessee but raised in Brownsville, was a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and generally recognized as one of the most important artists in blues history. He got the nickname … Read MoreJohn Adam “Sleepy” Estes (1904-1977)

Joseph William “Pinetop” Perkins (1913–2011)

Image Courtesy of Joe Correia Delta blues and boogie-woogie piano master Willie “Pinetop” Perkins was born on the Honey Island plantation near Belzoni, Mississippi on July 7, 1913.  During his career, Perkins played with some of the best known blues and rock and roll artists … Read MoreJoseph William “Pinetop” Perkins (1913–2011)