The Verve Music Group is saddened to announce the passing of Shirley Horn, the legendary pianist and vocalist. Horn died Thursday, October 20, in her hometown of Washington, D.C., after a lengthy illness. She was 71 years old.
Ron Goldstein, President & CEO of the Verve Music Group, comments “Shirley Horn was a true innovator. She created a unique style of playing and singing that was not only original, but so penetrating and so much her own that few dared try to copy it. She was also a great character and I will miss all of my conversations with her, which were delivered in the same deadpan, ironic style that we all knew and loved from her performances. Her passing is a great loss to Verve, to jazz, and to the world.”