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By Antoine du Rocher

NEW YORK, 21 OCTOBER 2005 óLegendary jazz pianist and vocalist Shirley Horn died yesterday in Washington, D.C. at the age of 71, after a lengthy illness.

Launched on her recording career after opening for Miles Davis at the Village Vanguard in 1960, Horn enjoyed a lifelong friendship with Davis, as well as recording two albums with producer and mentor Quincy Jones, numerous later albums with the Danish label Steeplechase.

In later life, she garnered great acclaim, for a series of fourteen recordings for Verve Records, including eight Grammy nominations, and the 1998 Best Jazz Vocal award for Miles Davis tribute I Remember Miles.

Shirley Horn
Image courtesy Verve Music Group

The accolades continued with the 1999 Phineas Newborn, Jr. Award (with a tribute concert in her honor), a 2003 Jazz at Lincoln Center Award for Artistic Excellence, an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music. In late 2004,  Horn was honored at the Kennedy Center with an all-star tribute concert. This year, she was named 2005 NEA Jazz Master, the nationís highest honor for jazz musicians, and included in ASCAPís Wall of Fame as the 2005 Living Legend.

Culturekiosque's Mike Zwerin interviewed Shirley Horn as part of his series Sons of Miles , surveying musicians who worked with or were influenced by Miles Davis. The interview includes a photograph of Horn by the Paris-based French photographer Christian Rose.


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