Estelle D. Price-Street was a jazz promoter, dancer and funeral home owner.
Estelle D. Price-Street was a jazz promoter, dancer and funeral home owner.

Estelle D. Price-Street, a jazz promoter, dancer and funeral home owner, died in her sleep Oct. 28 at Stella Maris in Timonium. She was 83.

The daughter of A.D. Price Jr., a funeral home owner, and Mary S. Price, a homemaker, Estelle D. Price was born and raised in Richmond, Va., where she graduated in 1947 from Armstrong High School.


She attended the University of Regina, a junior college that is part of the University of Saskatchewan, and in the late 1940s moved to New York City.

From 1950 to 1952, she studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, where one of her classmates and close friends was Joanne Woodward, family members said.

She also studied with Martha Graham and danced with Larry Steele's Smart Affair, an African-American revue at Club Harlem in Atlantic City, and later with the Estelle Price Dancers.

During the 1950s, she returned to Richmond where she established a dance studio and went to work for the A.D. Price Funeral Home, which had been established in 1881 by her grandfather.

She was married in 1956 to Dr. Donald W.O. Hughes, a Baltimore physician. The marriage ended in divorce.

In the mid-1970s, she married Elzie Street Jr., and in addition to owning and operating the Royal Roost Night Club and Restaurant on York Road, and American Bail Bonds, the couple embarked on an additional career as jazz promoters.

Mrs. Price-Street and her husband brought Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Sammy Davis Jr., among other notables, to Baltimore for performances, family members said.

Her husband died in 1995.

In 1983, Mrs. Price-Street earned a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Towson University, graduating with her youngest daughter, Kimberly Hughes Hanley of San Diego.

Mrs. Price-Street also earned her real estate license and became a certified appraiser. In 1984, she left Baltimore and returned to Richmond, where she took over operation of the family-owned funeral home.

Funeral services for Mrs. Price-Street will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of the Mimms Funeral Home, 1827 Hull St., Richmond.

In addition to Ms. Hanley, Mrs. Price-Street is survived by two other daughters, Dr. Janine Hughes of Columbia and Valerie Hughes Smith of Annapolis; a sister, Mary S. Wilson of Verona, N.J.; and three grandchildren.