Shirley Horn

Jazz Musician
Born May 1, 1934

Shirley Valerie Horn was an American jazz singer and pianist. Horn collaborated with many jazz greats including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Ron Carter, Carmen McRae, Wynton Marsalis and others.

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    Huffington Post - Nov 22, 2015
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    NPR - May 01, 2015
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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Shirley Horn.


1934 Birth Born on May 1, 1934.


1959 25 Years Old Horn had, though, recorded several songs with violinist Stuff Smith in 1959 both as a pianist and a singer. … Read More


1991 57 Years Old Miles Davis made a rare appearance as a sideman on Horn's 1991 album You Won't Forget Me.
1992 58 Years Old Although she preferred to perform in small settings, such as her trio, she also recorded with orchestras, as on the 1992 album Here's to Life, the title song (lyrics by Phyllis Molinary, music by Artie Butler) of which became her signature song. … Read More


2002 68 Years Old 1 More Event
…  After 2002, a foot amputation (from complications of diabetes) led her to leave the piano playing to pianist George Mesterhazy. … Read More
2005 71 Years Old 1 More Event
She was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award in 2005 (the highest honors that the United States bestows upon jazz musicians). … Read More
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