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Shirley Horn

A superior ballad singer and a talented pianist, Shirley Horn put off potential success until finally becoming a major attraction while in her fifties. She studied piano from the age of four. After attending Howard University, Horn put together her first trio in 1954, and was encouraged in the early '60s by Miles Davis and Quincy Jones. She recorded three albums during 1963-1965 for Mercury and ABC/Paramount, but chose to stick around Washington, D.C., and raise a family instead of pursuing her career. In the early '80s, she began recording for SteepleChase, but Shirley Horn really had her breakthrough in 1987 when she started making records for Verve, an association that continued on records like 1998's I Remember Miles and 2001's You're My Thrill. Along the way she picked up many prestigious honors including seven Grammy nominations (and one win for Best Jazz Vocal Album with I Remember Miles), a 1996 induction into the Lionel Hampton Jazz Hall of Fame and France's the Academie Du Jazz's Prix Billie Holiday for her 1990 album Close Enough for Love. In 2001 Horn's health began to fail (she had her left foot amputated due to diabetes) and while it affected her piano playing, she continued to perform sporadically and recorded one final album for Verve, 2003's May the Music Never End. Horn passed away on October 20, 2005, due to complications from diabetes. ~ Scott Yanow & Tim Sendra, Rovi
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WTF!!! Enthusiasts & non Enthusiasts Knew her before 91'! !& Whatever happened to Shirley Horn With Strings ? Summer Estate 92' I Think she was nominated or WON a grammy for that album!...Soo much material (Work) of hers DESERVES' Attention folks than what is posted here!!! Why isn't this mentioned in her bio? WHOMEVA!! is commenting and/or reporting on MiZZ HoRN should have their card & membership to Jazz Knowledge REVOKED!.She & her Legacy deserves much better than what is being reported
Amazing doesn't even come close to representing this woman's talent and delivery. Sina quo non says it all.

Her voice, her piano, the phrasing of each creates nothing less than magic.
All while grounded in the earth and the soul of humanity. What else need be there?
Seldom, if ever, have I been entranced by any presentation of music as that by Shirley Horn. Great depths of emotion are plumbed by her absolutely matchless artistry. And when she swings out, this girl romps! Defining standards for piano trio.
Her voice is amazing, elegant, sultry and I love it.
make you undress..it' s gonna get real EVIL in here..
Love "Here's to Life" too!! My fav!
Ms. Shirley Horn ,, my my ... seem's like I've been listenin' to Ms. Horn forever .. Love: ,, her ballads & piano renditions .. are SWEET !!.....~arno l d ~
know41self4
Shirley Horn isn't one-of-a-kin d . . . . s h e ' s the only of a kind.
WOULD SOME KIND SOUL PLAY 'I REMEMBER MILES,I HAVE
NEVER HEARD IT.BUT SOUND VERY FESTY...PEAC E O U T . . . E R N I E
SCHUBERT
SHIRLEY HORN IS AWSOME...ERN I E SCHUBERT
Divine~
Shirley Horns voice is simply divine, with smoothness .I 1st remember hearing her voice at a clients house .And I simply, asked him who is this singing so sweetly? He simply said ,the sweet relaxing voice of Shirley Horn ,and every since then ,I fell in love with he soothing voice .
Perfection
Here's to life ? Hell here's too Shirley
webersf
isn't shirley horn the finest singer/songw r t e r in jazz?
Shirley Horn can make quiet quieter, and so, so lush...
lorysanclark
Here's To Life!
This is just giving me "fever" perfection
pp.laguna
Her velvet voice is like delicious syrup slowly dripping each note, making me crave more and more. Sensuous isn't enough to describe her soulful interpretati o n of every note of every melody. She is / was a treasure to be cherished forever. Here's to Life never fails to bring tears to my eyes. Love you, Shirley.
I never knew Shirley Horn went to Howard University.
deb750
wow
know41self
Here's To Life is one of my favorites... d e f i n i t e l y one of her/jazz's best
prsfmail-man
The best, period.
Her timing and the way she filled space in the music was her genius.
semajf
How come no mention of Here's to Life!! One of her all time greatest cd's!!
joylady90056
Simply Beautiful!
i remember miles is great work
mooyoo.77
MILES DAVIS LET ME KNOW THAT SHIRLEY COULD DO MORE THAN PLAY A GREAT PIANO.
janmarie6
I was grateful to have seen Ms. Horn live at Yoshi's in Oakland in either '94 or '95 (memory lapse). She was truly one of the greats.
travelman193 9
Always grest! Love ya Shirl!
What an incredible voice.
A once in a lifetime voice!
I'm really feeling this song right now.Beautifu l
Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Could always count on Shirley Horn on singing everything with the purest of good taste. You could never accuse her of over singing anything.
I'm such a fan! When I was younger, my mom used to listen to her tape : ) . Now, I'm pregnant wih my first, and listening to it on Pandora and my iPod!
Love love love her!
Ditto.
I love her voice.That's all I can say
bfotsch456
I love her - it just works...
mebnic
Shirly Horn was great, sensitive, delicate, romantic. Try Carmen McRae for similar sensitivity along with her boundless jazz inflections. Also one of the best. Good easy listening too.
Far and away the most underrated and underappreci a t e d jazz vocalists ever. Was lucky enough to see her in a very intimate night-club setting, and wow I cold have stayed forever. Truly one of the greats!
raleighjames 7
Although a recent Shirley Horn fan (last 15 years) no one comes close. She is in a class by herself. I was fortunate to see her in New York and I can only say better late the never. In the words of Miles “sings them awful slow”.
davechayu
One of the most romatic voices that sounds great with a big orchestra and/or a trio.
tcurtis22
My, my, what a grand and talented lady she was. Three of her CD's are a wonderful addition to my music library.
tedled
Shirley played in a great little club in DC called The Princeton Lounge, in the mid-60's, across the street from Howard Univ. She had many great sidemen from the Washington area that went on to play with other greats as well.
Shirley developed a style that was really unique...Fra n k Sinatra said that no one could sing a song more slowly than Shirley...an d so she really held her audience, waiting for the next lyric in the song.
Mary Wilson (formerly of the supremes) sings this song in her concerts and i think that her voice is similar to shirley horns, I would love to see a film based on her life with Mary Wilson portraying her this is a beautiful song and i think the smokey voices of both Ms. Horn and Ms. Wilson set it off.
Her voice is so smooth...
she was terrific
What an incredible talent!! I didn't discover Ms. Horn until recently after picking up a CD while visiting the Jazz Musuem in K.C. In my opinion, she is the female version of Frank Sinatra. Absolutely the smoothest voice in jazz.. She is missed...
Jazz has had some prodigious women over the years; Louis Armstrong's first wife was one of the first known women to excel on the piano. Shirley Horn is one of the extensions of this wonderful genre.
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