Remembered for founding Rosetta Records, a music label dedicated to the work of female blues and jazz artists, this prominent music historian and feminist scholar earned such honors as the Grandmother Winifred Grant and The Wonder Woman Award.
After briefly attending both the University of Buffalo and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she worked at a Greenwich Village (New York) bookstore before becoming a columnist for The Village Voice.
At the famous Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, she staged an early 1980s program in honor of female jazz musicians.
A native of Utica, New York, she later settled in New York City and raised three daughters.
Her music label released lesser-known songs by the famous blues singer Ma Rainey.