SHIRLEY HORN (pianist, vocalist, bandleader, composer) was born May 31, 1934 in Washington D.C. and passed away on October 20, 2005. Considered one of the jazz world’s premier pianist/vocalists, the smoky voiced Horn spent most of her career in the Washington area. Recognizing her similar approach to music – use of space and silence – Miles Davis invited her to New York in the early 1960s. When her recording contract with Mercury expired, she went into semi-retirement for some 25 years, but had a career resurgence in the 1980s producing critically acclaimed albums such as “Here’s to Life” which was number one on the Billboard charts for 16 weeks and earning a Grammy and seven nominations. Among her many accolades was being named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in 2005.