Starring….Ms Alberta Hunter….Never to Be Forgotten

“Blues means what milk does to a baby. Blues is what the spirit is to the minister. We sing the blues because our hearts have been hurt, our souls have been disturbed.”-Alberta Hunter

In 1978, I witnessed Alberta Hunter’s comeback at Barney Josephson’s, The Cookery, in Greenwich Village after she retired from NY’s Goldwater Memorial Hospital. (Barney Josephson also owned the legendary Cafe Society!) She was 83 years old then; looking and sounding wonderful!  Another highlight of that never to be forgotten evening, was enjoying our friend’s dad who was accompanying Ms Hunter on bass, Aaron Bell. Mr. Bell, a very accomplished musician/educator worked with the best over his 60-year career: Ellington, Basie, Gillespie, Billie Holiday and so many more.

Ms Alberta Hunter was born 108 years ago today!

It is an honor to print the above names and remember them.

Here’s Ms Hunter in her glorious later years.  Here’s Duke Ellington introducing a young Aaron Bell on bass!

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