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Bobbi Humphrey
Birth name Barbara Ann Humphrey
Born April 25, 1950 (1950-04-25) (age 59)
Origin Marlin, Texas, U.S.
Genres Jazz, Fusion
Occupations Flautist, singer
Instruments Flute
Years active 1971 – Present
Labels Blue Note, Epic, Malaco

Barbara Ann ("Bobbi") Humphrey (born April 25, 1950) is an American jazz flautist and singer who plays fusion, jazz-funk and soul-jazz styles. Bobbi Humphrey has performed for audiences around the world.



She was born in Marlin, Texas, and raised in Dallas. Her flute training included classical and jazz styles in high school. She continued her studies at Texas Southern University and Southern Methodist University. Dizzy Gillespie saw Humphrey play at a talent contest at Southern Methodist, and inspired her to pursue a musical career in New York City. She followed his advice, getting her first big break performing at the Apollo Theatre on Amateur Night. She eventually began playing regularly throughout the city, including a gig with Duke Ellington.

By 1972, she was recording for the Blue Note Jazz label, the first female instrumentalist to do so.[1] Humphrey has played with well-known musicians, ranging from Duke Ellington to Lee Morgan. Guitarist George Benson and Humphrey were guest musicians on Humphrey's friend Stevie Wonder's single "Another Star" from his Songs in the Key of Life (1976) album.[2] In 1976, she was named Best Female Instrumentalist by Billboard.[3] In 1994 Humphrey launched her label, Paradise Sounds Records, releasing Passion Flute, which continues to be one of her best-selling recordings.

Bobbi Humphrey has played at the Apollo Theatre, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival, Russian River Jazz Festival (Northern California), and other venues around the world.

Bobbi has also been sampled by several hip-hop artists. Her Blacks and Blues was sampled by KMD in the song Plumskinz, Fat Joe in the song Another Wild Nigga from the Bronx, and Eric B. and Rakim's Keep the Beat. Ghostface Killah sampled her song "“Just a Love Child”" in his song "Underwater" produced by MF Doom.


Year Title Genre Label
1971 Flute In Jazz Blue Note
1972 Dig This Jazz Blue Note
1973 Blacks and Blues Jazz Blue Note
1974 Satin Doll Jazz Blue Note
1975 Fancy Dancer Jazz Blue Note
1977 Tailor Made Jazz Epic
1978 Freestyle Jazz Epic
1979 The Good Life Jazz Epic
1989 City Beat Jazz Malaco
1990 Let's Get Started Jazz Warner Bros
1992 The Best of Bobbi Humphrey Jazz Blue Note
1994 Passion Flute Jazz Paradise Sounds
1998 Blue Break Beats Jazz Blue Note
1999 Passion Flute [Reissue] Jazz Paradise Sounds
2002 Satin Doll [Reissue] Jazz Blue Note


  1. ^ Winegarten, Ruthe. Black Texas Women: 150 Years of Trial and Triumph, University of Texas Press (1995) - ISBN 0292790899
  2. ^ Perone, James E. The Sound of Stevie Wonder: His Words And Music, Greenwood Press (2006) - ISBN 027598723X
  3. ^ Billboard: Bobbi Humphrey

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