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Radio & Podcasts

Birthday Celebrations for Shirley Horn and Judy Collins

Read "Birthday Celebrations for Shirley Horn and Judy Collins" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates songs about birds in the second hour plus birthday songbirds Judy Collins (who just turned 80) and the legendary Shirley Horn. New releases included vocalists Kalya Ramu, Holly Cole, Laurie Antonioli, Charles Ruggiero & Hilary Gardner, bassist Anne Mette Iversen, pianists Amina Figarova and Eric Reed, with more birthday shout outs to Bing Crosby, Connie Crothers, and Willie Nelson, among others. Playlist Ariel Pocock “Gonzalos Melody" from Living in Twilight (Justin Time ) 00:00 Kalya ...

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Album Review

Shirley Horn: Shirley Horn Live at the 4 Queens

Read "Shirley Horn Live at the 4 Queens" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


“Horn did ballads and cool, understated ruminations better than anyone except her first champion, mentor and lifelong friend, trumpeter Miles Davis. Both were masters of silence and anticipation, but even Davis teased Horn about her pacing. 'You do 'em awful slow!' he once said.'" Richard Harrington, Washington Post. The incandescence that was Shirley Horn, and her central importance to jazz vocals, cannot be overstated. She was a master, like Miles Davis and Ahmad Jamal, at retaining ...

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Album Review

Shirley Horn Trio: Live At the 1994 Monterey Jazz Festival

Read "Live At the 1994 Monterey Jazz Festival" reviewed by Joel Roberts


No jazz singer ever sang as softly and slowly and with such subtle command as Shirley Horn. Her voice often just above a whisper, she forced audiences to hush up and pay attention as she delivered lyrics without flash or pretense, but with a knowing sense of life lived and dues paid.

Three years to the month of her passing in 2005, it’s a gift for Horn’s devotees to have a chance to hear this collection ...

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Album Review

Shirley Horn: Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Read "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz" reviewed by Andrew Rowan


An appearance on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz radio broadcast often sheds light on unexplored aspects of an artist's career as the host conducts her intrepid, conversational interviews. Here, we have both illuminating conversation and Shirley Horn's musical essence: heartfelt ballad singing at crawling tempos, spot-on piano accompaniment, and deep-in-the-keys swing. Unless she knew you well, Horn could be a reluctant conversationalist. In this setting, though, she sheds some light on her career and musical philosophy, saying that ...

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Album Review

Shirley Horn: But Beautiful: The Best of Shirley Horn

Read "But Beautiful: The Best of Shirley Horn" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


Shirley Horn is a jazz diva who needs little introduction. This veteran of song is one of the classic vocalists of any era. But Beautiful gives us some classic recordings that highlight her career, as well as three bonus tracks recorded from a recent performance at the Au Bar in New York City. The first eleven tracks are from Horn's Verve Records catalogue, including I Thought About You and Loads of Love: Shirley Horn with Horns, which was originally released ...

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Album Review

Shirley Horn: But Beautiful: The Best of Shirley Horn

Read "But Beautiful: The Best of Shirley Horn" reviewed by Andrew Rowan


Dear Shirley Horn was laid to rest on November 3, 2005. A distinctive, emotional singer as well as brilliant pianist, Horn crafted an instantly recognizable style and a body of work that was often moving beyond words. While she's hailed far and wide as one of the finest ballads singers ever, this accolade alone misses the point. Horn was a complete musician. Few could swing harder, dig deeper, mine the blues so truly and, of course, live ...

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Live Review

Shirley Horn: No Regrets

Read "Shirley Horn: No Regrets" reviewed by Tod Smith


It's 10pm on a Monday evening and I find myself anxiously dialing the front desk of a local hotel to talk to one of the true legends of jazz, Shirley Horn. I have to admit that I am more than just a bit nervous. First, it's Shirley Horn and second, it's ten o'clock. My friend, flutist Kent Jordan has arranged for me to conduct this interview, but I'm still worried that it is a bit late. He assured me that ...


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