Posts Tagged ‘Shirley Horn’

Shirley Horn in Holland 1981

Rare footage of Shirley Horn in Holland in 1981. I think this was from the North Sea Jazz Festival. Nine minutes of Shirley Horn makes me very happy.

Shirley Horn – “A Time For Love” – YouTube

A bit of Shirley Horn for your Sunday. Enjoy!

Shirley Horn – Embers and Ashes/Where Are You Going Reissue

Shirley Horn - Embers and Ashes/Where Are You Going Reissue

Oh happy day!!! Last month, Shirley Horn’s first album, “Embers and Ashes” recorded in 1960 and her “Where Are You Going” album, which was released in 1972, were reissued on a 2 LP on 1 CD reissue on Fresh Sounds Records. I have been waiting for “Embers and Ashes” to be released on CD since […]

Monterey Jazz Festival Records Release 2nd Collection Of Never-Before-Heard Live Recordings

In its second full slate of archival releases, Monterey Jazz Festival Records (Concord Music Group) has released a new series of never-before-heard concert performances by jazz icons: Art Blakey, Dave Brubeck, Shirley Horn, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader and classic blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon. The new series features the following 6 titles, available now on CD […]

My Funny Valentine

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I searched my music collection and found 24 versions of the Rodgers and Hart classic gem,”My Funny Valentine” which was first featured in the Broadway musical “Babe in Arms” in 1937. Below are the versions of “My Funny Valentine” in my music collection. Notably, on the Frank Sinatra/Lorrie Morgan duet, […]

Shirley Horn on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz Radio Broadcast

“My goodness, SHIRLEY HORN, that is some modulation.” So marvels MARIAN McPARTLAND at the conclusion of Horn’s rendition of “Violets for Your Furs,” heard on The Jazz Alliance’s newest Piano Jazz CD (street date 2/28). Taped for McPartland’s National Public Radio program in December 1984, three years before the release of I Thought About You, […]

My Shirley Horn Box Set – Disc 4

“Songs are lucky when Shirley Horn chooses them.” This is one of the best quotes that describe the magic of Shirley Horn’s music. The past few weeks have definitely been an education for me in Shirley Horn’s music. Thanks to everyone for their encouragement and support on this project. Preparing the final disc in My […]

Remembering Shirley Horn on The New Jazz Thing tonight

I will be remembering jazz great Shirley Horn on the radio tonight between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm PST on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw on Jazz 88, KSDS San Diego, 88.3 FM with World Wide Webcast at! Please tune in! Now available on podcast.

My Shirley Horn Box Set – Disc 1

Maybe it was coincidence or fate that I started radio blogging the week that my favorite jazz singer, Shirley Horn died. I had planned to get a few radio blogs under my belt before did one that focused solely on my love for her music. Well, life happens and plans change so I have been […]

Remembering Shirley Horn: A Personal Tribute

Where do you start? I have been loving the music of Shirley Horn for several years now. It began when a friend recommended the “Glengarry Glen Ross” movie soundtrack to me. Shirley sang “You’d Better Go Now” and I played it over and over again. Soon after, I heard “Here’s to Life” one evening on […]

Jazz Veteran Shirley Horn Dies

Photo © Larry Busacca Jazz Veteran Shirley Horn Dies By Bill Holland, Washington, D.C. Shirley Horn, the Grammy-winning jazz vocalist and pianist known for her intimate, whispery vocals and top-drawer piano playing, died yesterday (Oct. 20) at Gladys Spellman Nursing Home in Cheverly, Md., following an extended battle with diabetes. She was 71. Always […]

The Saturday Edition

Remembering Percy Heath – This photo was taken of legendary bassist Percy Heath at the 45th Monterey Jazz Festival in 2002 after an interview that he and his brothers, Jimmy and Albert “Tootie” Heath, did with Orrin Keepnews. Percy, who passed recently, was the last living member of the Modern Jazz Quartet. The new Lizz […]

Flashback Friday – Shirley Horn – Embers and Ashes

Flashback Friday –  Shirley Horn – Embers and Ashes

Shirley Horn – vocals and piano Joe Benjamin – bass Lewis Powers – bass Harry Saunders – drums Herbie Lovelle – drums The year would not be complete without one more Flashback Friday. This album is commonly known as Embers and Ashes but its actual title is Embers and Ashes – Songs of Lost Love […]

A Tribute to Shirley Horn: “The Music Never Ends” – The Kennedy Center

A Tribute to Shirley Horn: “The Music Never Ends” On December 11, 2004, some of today’s brightest jazz talents come out to pay homage to Grammy winner and Washington, D.C. native Shirley Horn whose trademark velvet vocals and smooth piano stylings have been enchanting international audiences for more than 40 years. For one performance only, […]

Flashback Friday – Shirley Horn – Travelin’ Light

I’m trav’lin’ light Because my man has gone So from now on I’m trav’lin’ light He said goodbye And took my heart away So from today I’m trav’lin’ light No one to see I’m free as the breeze No one but me And my memories Some lucky night He may come back again So until […]

A couple of evenings with a familiar friend…

The Shirley Horn Quartet Shirley Horn – vocals George Mesterhazy – piano Ed Howard – bass Steve Williams – drums It was few minutes before Shirley came onstage. The crowd was a bit more seasoned than usual. These were the true jazz lovers filled with many stories of years of great music. I often find […]

From the archives…

Below are my very first music reviews written in 2001. I recently found them and wanted to share them because these are both great albums. Shirley Horn – You’re My Thrill It has been written “songs are happy when Shirley sings them” and that is certainly true on You’re My Thrill. Over eight years ago, […]

I just could not resist….

I know I mostly post information about music but these little factoids I just could not resist. Fenton’s Creamery in Oakland is now open for business but by the crowds I have seen while driving past there, most of you know this already. The slang-term ‘bling-bling’ has made its way into the latest edition of […]

The Shirley Horn Essentials…

“May all your storms be weathered. May all that’s good better. Here’s to life. Here’s to love. Here’s to you.” – Shirley Horn On this date in 1934 in our jazz history, vocalist/pianist extraordinaire Shirley Horn was born in Washington, D.C. Here’s her bio from “A superior ballad singer and a talented pianist, Shirley […]

Miscellaneous but necessary ramblings…

Make your own candy heart!! Thanks Gwen!! New vocalist Lizz Wright has tour dates listed now on her Verve site. She will be playing the House of Blues in Chicago with Al Green on April 13 and the Cerritos Center in Cerritos, California on April 14. She is definitely a must see. You can hear […]

Shirley Horn is still singin’ and swingin’….

I am a one-man fan club for vocalist/pianist Shirley Horn. I have been enjoying her music for the past 10 years and was probably one of the youngest people in the audience when I saw her perform in 1993. I first heard Shirley when I bought the movie soundtrack, “Glengarry Glen Ross” and on which […]