Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret

Destiny Muhammad

When: Sat., June 21, 8 p.m. 2014

As a kid growing up in Southern California, Destiny Muhammad was inspired to play the harp after watching Harpo Marx on TV, though Dorothy Ashby, who had emerged in the 1950s as the most prominent and accomplished harpist in the history of jazz, eventually became her heroine. Also in the ’50s, Count Basie saxophonist Frank Wess was among the first players to popularize the use of flute in jazz, and in 1958, he recorded two albums — Hip Harp and In a Minor Groove — with Ashby for the Prestige and New Jazz labels. On Saturday, Muhammad and flutist Melvin Butts, with bassist Ken Noriyuki Okada and drummer Leon Joyce Jr., will pay tribute to the two late musicians at Musically Minded Academy (5776 Broadway, Oakland) in a concert titled “On the Corner of Wess and Ashby.”

Lee Hildebrand

Price: $12-$15

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