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Jazz star Shirley Horn dies at 71
Shirley Horn's talent was admired by Miles Davis and Quincy Jones
Shirley Horn, the US jazz pianist and vocalist who found fame working with Miles Davis, has died aged 71.

Horn died in her native Washington, DC after a long illness, according to a statement released by her recording label Verve Records.

Horn, considered one of the last great jazz vocalists of her era, was compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae.

She was nominated for seven consecutive Grammys and won in 1998 for the best jazz vocal performance.

Her winning song was I Remember Miles, a tribute to her mentor Miles Davis who died in 1991.

Horn also won five Wammys, the Washington area's music industry award, as well as multiple other titles.

She also enjoyed great acclaim with her albums Here's to Life, Light Out of Darkness (A Tribute to Ray Charles), and I Love You, Paris, which all went to number one on the Billboard jazz charts.

New York debut

Horn did not set out to be a singer and started out playing the piano when she was a child.

By the time she was a college student at university, she had put together her first jazz trio.

She discovered her love for singing at 17 when playing in a local restaurant in Washington and one night she was coaxed to sing, after which she never looked back.

Her talent drew the attention of music legend Quincy Jones, who went on to produce her first albums, as well as Miles Davis, who asked her to open for him at the renowned Village Vanguard in New York in 1960.

However, after producing two albums for Mercury Records, Horn retreated from the limelight for much of the 1970s and 1980s to raise her daughter.

Horn's career had a renaissance when she signed with Verve Records in 1987.

She went on to release her acclaimed albums, and was featured at major jazz festivals and venues around the globe.

In her later years, she performed with artists ranging from Davis, who reunited with her for a rare appearance as a sideman on her 1991 album You Won't Forget Me, to Wynton Marsalis.

Obituary: Shirley Horn
24 Oct 05 |  Entertainment


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