The Soulful Shirley Horn





As an artist, Washington D.C.’s own Shirley Horn is fondly remembered as a remarkable and sensitive jazz vocalist. But did you know she started her career as a pianist and might never have become the beloved Grammy Award–winning jazz diva that we know today? Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month’s Year of the Woman with a look into the creative life of one of the style’s greatest singers. Join Jessica Boykin-Settles, an assistant professor of jazz voice at Howard University, as she traces Horn’s unique, almost serendipitous, route to fame. She discusses Horn’s jazz-world influences such as Oscar Peterson and Erroll Garner and her musical collaborations with Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Carmen McRae, and other artists. Listen to Horn’s renditions of songs from the Great American Songbook and beyond and gain a new appreciation of the talents of this one-of-a-kind jazz icon.


Learn more about Jazz Appreciation Month 2021: Women’s Impact and Contributions in Jazz here.


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