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Dorothy Ashby

Born 6 August 1932. Died 13 April 1986.

Biography

Dorothy Jeanne Thompson (August 6, 1930 — April 13, 1986), better known as Dorothy Ashby, was an American jazz harpist and composer.

Along with Alice Coltrane, Ashby extended the popularization of jazz harp past a novelty, showing how the instrument can be utilized seamlessly as much a bebop instrument as the saxophone. Her albums were of the jazz genre, but often moved into R&B, world and other musics, especially on her 1970 album The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby, where she demonstrates her talents on another instrument, the Japanese koto, successfully integrating it into jazz.

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