Recalling a Visit with Shirley Horn

Singer and pianist Shirley Horn died last week on October 21st at the age of 71. In 1992, Horn took part in a concert and interview with Fresh Air. Playing with her was her long time drummer Steve Williams and bassist Charles Ables (who died in 2002).

Horn recorded with Miles Davis and Quincy Jones in the 1960s and sang on the movie soundtrack of For Love of Ivy.

After a hiatus in which she stayed home and raised her daughter, she returned to performing and recording in 1988. Her 1991 album, You Won't Forget Me, brought together Toots Thielemans, Buck Hill, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and Miles Davis.

The album was nominated for a Grammy. There s a new anthology of her work, But Beautiful: The Best of Shirley Horn. Originally aired on June 29, 1992.

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