Personalities | Woody Shaw | Seventies | Jazz & Blues

(Trumpet, flugelhorn, composer, 1944–89)

A lyrical soloist, composer and bandleader, Shaw’s career was cut tragically short by illnesses, including deteriorating vision, and a subway accident that cost him an arm. After early work with Willie Bobo and Eric Dolphy, Shaw played extensively in Europe with US expatriates Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke and Johnny Griffin. Returning to America, he worked with Horace Silver, Art Blakey and others. In 1976, he co-led a series of high-profile New York City gigs with Dexter Gordon and thereafter led his own combos, documented by Columbia Records.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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