Personalities | Shirley Horn | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues
(Vocals, piano, b. 1934)
Shirley Horn was successful from 1954 through the mid-1960s in her hometown of Washington, DC. She was promoted by Miles Davis and Quincy Jones and owned a club called the Place Where Louie Dwells, but gradually turned full attention to her family. She returned with records, club dates and concert tours in the mid-1980s, and is admired for her unadorned, expressive ballad singing and self-accompaniment. Horn suffered a diabetic foot amputation in 2004 but continues to perform.
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