- Howard Rye
(fl New York, 1920s–1930s). American pianist and composer. He was best known in New York in the 1920s as a composer of vaudeville blues songs and as a performer in musical shows, notably as Bessie Smith’s accompanist in Mississippi Days (1928). Around the same time he attended a famous party hosted by the writer Carl Van Vechten. In the studio he accompanied the singers Mamie Smith (...