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Shirley Horn Dies

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.”

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