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Here's To Life

Shirley Horn


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May 1, 1934 - October 20, 2005


Shirley Horn sings "Here's To Life" in 1993 with "The Boston Pops" conducted by John Williams.

At the age of twelve Shirley Horn studied piano and composition as a classical music major at Howard University.

Unable to afford a spot at New York's prestigious Juilliard School, she formed a jazz trio in 1954 when she was twenty.

Among her early influences on piano where Erroll Garner and Oscar Peterson and began performing on the famous U Street area of Washington D.C.

Shirley first found fame when she was discovered by Miles Davis in 1960 and proceeded to recorded for small labels followed by contracts with Mercury and Impulse Records with little commercial success.

Although praised by jazz critics her marriage in the late '60s stifled her career by limiting he musical activities to the D.C. area.

Preferring to work with a small group Shirley kept the same rhythm section comprised of bassist Charles Ables, and drummer Steve Williams for twenty-five years becoming an indispensable element to her sound.

The title song from her 1992 album "Here's To Life" arranged by Johnny Mandel, with lyrics by Phyllis Molinary and music by Artie Butler, became her signature.

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