Shirley Horn
American jazz musician
Shirley Horn
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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Quincy Jones Receives Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock at the Thelonious Monk Institute Gala Awards 2015 (photos:Getty Images) Quincy Jones received the Herbie Hancock Humanitarian award from Herbie Hancock himself at the Thelonious Monk Institute's International Jazz Vocals Competitions Award Gala at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood last Sunday night. Herbie Hancock opened the event, Seth McFarlane impressed the crowd with dulcet tones belting out two jazz standards, Jeff Goldblum, Billy Dee Williams and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, all expressed their admiration for Quincy Jones as did many titans of the jazz world who played and sang through the evening. Arturo Sandoval and Hubert Laws Jones, a veritable force of nature at 82, spoke in resolute tones about his gratitude for a lifetime of mentors and dear friends from Ray Charles, who befriended him at 13 when Charles was 16, to Count Basie taking him under his wing as well as Dizzy Gillespie. "I knew these cats before electricity," he said ...
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Shirley Horn On Piano Jazz
NPR - almost 2 years
The vocalist brings her unmistakable contralto to a 1995 set that includes "Wouldn't It Be Lovely." » E-Mail This
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Matt Farmer: A Voice I No Longer Hear
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I had voices in my head on Father's Day. And I've got a pretty good ear for voices. Ten seconds into a recording, I can usually tell you that we're listening to Faron Young or Carla Thomas or Jimmy Witherspoon or Shirley Horn. In fact, just by typing those names, I can instantly conjure up the sounds of their singing (and, in some cases, speaking) voices. But I realized on Father's Day that I'm now having a hard time remembering what my dad's voice sounded like. Carla Thomas? I last heard her voice -- on record, mind you -- probably a month ago. My dad's voice? I haven't heard it since the morning of September 25, 1978. Unlike Carla, my dad wasn't a recording artist, so I can't pull a CD off my shelf when I want to hear his baritone. And YouTube is no help because my dad died before we became a nation that videotaped everything. I can't remember what we said to each other on that warm September morning, but I'm sure we had some rushed conversation while he go ...
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D.C. Jazz Festival 2013: The Roots And A Dave Brubeck Tribute Lead 10-Day Event (PHOTOS)
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
WASHINGTON -- If you don't think jazz and Washington, D.C. go together, you need to review your D.C. history. As NPR put it: It's internationally known as the hometown of Duke Ellington, singer and pianist Shirley Horn, pianist Billy Taylor, and saxophonist Frank Wess, but the nation's [capital] is seldom recognized as fertile ground for jazz -- at least not like the cities of New York, Chicago, or Philadelphia. More...
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Michael Giltz: Music: Grammys Preview -- The Fifty Best Albums Of 2012
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Grammys are Sunday night on CBS and it looks to be one of the tightest races in many a moon for Album Of The Year and other top categories. My money is on Mumford & Sons because when it comes down to it, the Grammys love commercial success (especially when paired with critical acclaim) and though it's silly to say after just two albums, Mumford & Sons is overdue. To celebrate, here are my picks for the Best Albums of 2012. First I give the list and then an extended version with comments and links to videos so you can sample the music. Enjoy! And let me know what your favorites of the year are, especially if they're not on this list. We can argue over what should be ranked where, but the main point is to discover some great new music. I hope you'll find some here. THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2012 1. Rumer -- Seasons Of My Soul/Boys Don't Cry (70s pop perfection) 2. Branford Marsalis -- Four MF's Playin' Their Tunes (hard-driving jazz; faultless) 3. The Tallest Ma ...
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Wyatt Closs: Mark de Clive Lowe: Orbiter of Sound
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Too bad Mark de Clive Lowe doesn't own a soul spaceship. He could've used one. It might not have taken him so long to pick up all that he has learned and shared from so many musical places. The good part is that on each album and live performance, this avant-garde soulful Pianist/DJ/Producer delivers his lifetime of journeys to different musical ports in a concise package, seamlessly. In the last two weeks alone, that's included Paris, Istanbul and Soweto. And on December 9, D.C. at Liv. "Yeah, 'Renegades' as a record, was about going from the UK to LA, in so many ways," he reflects, sitting under the stars on the roof of the bohemian modern Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood. He's talking about his latest effort, which is being considered for a Grammy nomination. "I mean, how do you give a cynical world the message in a way that they will hear it? That was always my mentality." Learning to play the piano at age four in New Zealand, he was given encouragement to do so ...
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Listening Post /Brief reviews of select releases
Buffalo News - almost 5 years
Jazz Toots Thielemans, “Yesterday& Today” (Out of the Blue/Universal, two discs). History-making to be sure. But also more than a bit of a disappointment. This double-disc tribute to one of the greatest of all living jazz musicians—89-year-old harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans—is jam-packed with stuff no one’s ever heard before, most notably some of his earliest recorded performances when he was known almost exclusively as a guitarist. The great Toots, though, is on harmonica and even there mostly on the second disc of this set, despite the murderer’s row of other musicians you’ll hear here, from Svend Asmussen to Kenny Werner (with, in between, Bob Brookmeyer, Al Cohn, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Shirley Horn, J.J. Johnson, Hank Jones, Quincy Jones, Zoot Sims and the like). At his best, it didn’t matter whether he was playing something like the “Love Theme for ‘The Getaway’ ” or some pop jazz syrup with too much tinselly electric piano, the sound and the playing of Thielemans are ...
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Top 5 picks for Jazz Fest - WBEZ
Google News - over 5 years
Joan Collaso does Nancy Wilson, Shirley Horn and Lena Horne. But along with her vocal tributes to these legends, what she really does best is JOAN COLLASO. She happens to be one of the finest jazz vocalists in Chicago. Joan is ably assisted by her
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Гастроли в Туле - Комсомольская правда
Google News - over 5 years
Ее релиз 2008 года «Do it Again - My Tribute to Shirley Horn» пережил уже второе издание, принеся Шарон многочисленные награды.В Тулу Шарон Кларк приедет в сопровождении российского квартета. 14.09. Музыкальная гостиная
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Jane Birkin bringing a touch of Japan to Jazz All-Year Round - Montreal Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Also coming are Carmen Souza (Oct. 5), Zenzile (Oct. 19), the always-fab Michael Kaeshammer (Oct. 20), The Ari Hoenig quartet with Tigran Hamasyan, Gilad Hekselman and Chris Tordini (Oct. 21), Terez Montcalm paying homage to Shirley Horn (Oct. 22),
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Birkin on Gainsbourg by way of Japan? - Montreal Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Also coming are Carmen Souza (Oct. 5), Zenzile (Oct. 19), the always-fab Michael Kaeshammer (Oct. 20), The Ari Hoenig 4tet with Tigran Hamasyan, Gilad Hekselman and Chris Tordini (Oct. 21), Terez Montcalm paying homage to Shirley Horn (Oct. 22),
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A rare revival of Astor Piazzolla's tango opera - Chicago Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
She deserves a spotlight of her own, however, and she gets one with this show, "Piano Gals," a tour through the music of Roberta Flack, Shirley Horn, Carole King, Blossom Dearie, Aretha Franklin and Susan Werner, among others
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Melissa Errico's Musings About Her Upcoming CD, "Legrand Affair" - Playbill.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
We spoke of some of our favorite cds (such as Shirley Horn Here's To Life/with Strings and Joni Mitchell including her beautiful orchestral Both Sides, Now album) and Michel was certain it had to be a huge symphonic recording
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Noche de jazz en la Mota con Ana Cisneros Trío - Andalucía Información
Google News - over 5 years
... de la historia del Jazz como el de Nat King Cole o el de Ahmad Jamal, ya trabajos discográficos de algunas de las cantantes que han influenciado al jazz, con su estilo y conceptos, como Shirley Horn, Etta Jones o Dinah Washington, entre otras
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Paula West at Yoshi's, San Francisco 8/12-13 - Jazz Police (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
George Mesterhazy, an East coast pianist who is well known among the tight-knit casino entertainment industry, earned a Grammy® nomination performing with Shirley Horn on her album Loving You. He's also recorded with jazz vocalist Rebecca Parris and
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shirley Horn
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2005
    Age 70
    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).
    More Details Hide Details With Stuff Smith With Antonio Carlos Jobim With Joe Williams With Carmen McRae With Toots Thielemans With Jeffery Smith With Oscar Peterson With Charlie Haden With The Legacy Band With Clark Terry With Bill Charlap
  • 2002
    Age 67
    Horn was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music in 2002.
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    After 2002, a foot amputation (from complications of diabetes) led her to leave the piano playing to pianist George Mesterhazy.
    More Details Hide Details In late 2004, Horn felt able to play piano again, and recorded a live album for Verve, at Manhattan's Au Bar with trumpet player Roy Hargrove, which did not satisfy her. It remains unreleased except for tracks on But Beautiful - The Best of Shirley Horn. A breast cancer survivor, she had been battling diabetes when she died of complications from the condition, aged 71. She is interred at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Horn was nominated for nine Grammy Awards during her career, winning the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance at the 41st Grammy Awards for I Remember Miles, a tribute to her friend and mentor (the album's cover featuring a Miles Davis drawing of them both). She was officially recognized by the 109th US Congress for "her many achievements and contributions to the world of jazz and American culture", and performed at The White House for several U.S. presidents.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1992
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A video documentary of Horn's life and music was released at the same time as "Here's To Life" and shared its title. At the time, arranger Johnny Mandel commented that Horn's piano skill was comparable to that of the noted jazz great Bill Evans. A follow-up was made in 2001, named You're My Thrill. Horn worked with the same rhythm section for 25 years: Charles Ables (bass) and Steve Williams (drums). Don Heckman wrote in the Los Angeles Times (February 2, 1995) about "the importance of bassist Charles Ables and drummer Steve Williams to Horn's sound. Working with boundless subtlety, following her every spontaneous twist and turn, they were the ideal accompanists for a performer who clearly will tolerate nothing less than perfection". Her albums Here's to Life, Light Out of Darkness (A Tribute to Ray Charles) and I Love You, Paris all reached number one on the Billboard jazz charts.
  • 1991
    Age 56
    Miles Davis made a rare appearance as a sideman on Horn's 1991 album You Won't Forget Me.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1959
    Age 24
    Horn had, though, recorded several songs with violinist Stuff Smith in 1959 both as a pianist and a singer.
    More Details Hide Details After her discovery by Davis, she recorded albums on different small labels in the early 1960s, eventually landing contracts with larger labels Mercury Records and Impulse Records. She was popular with jazz critics, but did not achieve significant popular success. Quincy Jones attempted to make Horn into a pure vocalist in several recording sessions, something he later hinted may have been a mistake. Horn was also disturbed by the changes in popular music in the 1960s following the arrival of The Beatles. Largely rejecting efforts to remake her into a popular singer, she stated: "I will not stoop to conquer." From the late-1960s, she concentrated on raising her daughter Rainy with her husband, Shepherd Deering (whom she had married in 1955), and largely limited her performances to her native Washington, D.C.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1934
    Born
    Born on May 1, 1934.
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