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Shirley Horn at Monterey Jazz Festival

On this edition of Afterglow, we'll highlight a performance by pianist and singer Shirley Horn at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1994.

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Pianist and singer Shirley Horn made several records in the early 1960s but didn't gain widespread renown until she began to record for Verve in the late 1980s.

Pianist and singer Shirley Horn, who strongly influenced Diana Krall and who was a personal favorite of Miles Davis, made several records in the early 1960s but didn’t gain widespread renown until she began to record for Verve in the late 1980s.

Her mastery of slow tempos, her phrasing, and her use of space gave her a strong appeal that ultimately led to nine Grammy nominations.

She made her debut at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1994 at the age of 60, a recently-released performance that we’ll highlight on this edition of Afterglow.

This program also features music from drummer Paul Motian’s atmospheric standards collection On Broadway V. 3, with a lineup that includes saxophonists Lee Konitz and Joe Lovano, as well as guitarist Bill Frisell.

Watch Shirley Horn perform “A Time for Love”:

Watch Paul Motian’s On Broadway group perform “How Deep Is the Ocean”:

Music Heard On This Episode

I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So
Annie Ross — A Gasser! (Capitol, 1990)
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I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So
Annie Ross — A Gasser! (Capitol, 1990)
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How Deep Is the Ocean
Paul Motian — On Broadway V. 3 (Winter and Winter, 2004)
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The Look of Love
Shirley Horn — Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1994 (MJF, 2008)
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L.A. Breakdown
Shirley Horn — Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1994 (MJF, 2008)
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I Waited for You
Chet Baker — Stairway to the Stars (Prestige, 1996)

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Crazy He Calls Me
Paul Motian — On Broadway V. 3 (Winter and Winter, 2004)
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Days of Wine and Roses
Billy Eckstine — Now Singing in 12 Great Movies (Mercury, 2002)
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A Song for You
Shirley Horn — Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1994 (MJF, 2008)
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I've Got the World On a String
Shirley Horn — Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1994 (MJF, 2008)
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A Handful of Stars
Paul Motian — On Broadway V. 3 (Winter and Winter, 2004)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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