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Pianist Shimrit Shoshan Dies at 29

Shimrit Shoshan, a highly regarded up-and-coming Israeli pianist on the NYC scene, died Aug. 19 at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. The cause, according to her press representative, was cardiac arrest. She was 29.

As stated in a news release circulated today, Shoshan began playing organ and flute at age 8 and eventually matriculated at the Thelma Yellin School of the Arts (also the alma mater to young Israeli jazz greats like the Cohen siblings). She came to New York in the 2000s, studying at the City College of New York and the New School. Her teachers included Kenny Barron, Reggie Workman and Charles Tolliver. Shoshan appeared at some of the best jazz rooms in New York City, and in 2009 was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute Ensemble Competition and the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Competition.

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