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The Legacy of Jazz Singer and Pianist Shirley Horn

 

Known for her distinctive singing, which she did most often from the keyboard, Shirley Horn studied classical music before turning to jazz in the 1950s.  In the early '60s she caught the attention of Miles  Davis, and then her career started to take off.

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Jazz vocalist Phyllis Chapell

Philadelphia-based singer Phyllis Chapell spoke with WRTI's Susan Lewis about how her own approach to music changed when she began listening to Shirley Horn, beginning with the song, "Here’s to Life."

http://youtu.be/QOj1JryGj8A

Listen to Shirley Horn singing live at The Village Vanguard in NYC, 1961:

http://youtu.be/2mgOhV5_BUM

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Listen to more of Susan's interview with contemporary jazz vocalist Phyllis Chapell, as they talk about Shirley Horn and her influence.

Find out more about Phyliss Chapell's upcoming performances.