Shirley Horn

By Nick Castro

 

Shirley Horn, was born in 1934 in Washington D.C., and was a jazz composer, pianist and singer. She was considered a child prodigy and was studying music formally by the age of five. Horn's mother has said that she would have to bribe the young Horn to go out and socialize with children her own age, for if Horn could have it her own way she would have spent every waking moment playing piano. By the age of 12, Horn was studying music and composition at Howard University. When she was 18 she was offered a scholarship at Julliard, but the overwhelming living expenses of New... Read More

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