Now, A Jazz Moment...
NEA Jazz Master Shirley Horn started as a classical pianist. Claude Debussy's lyricism was a big influence on her.
MUSIC (brief): Ballade, CD: Debussy Piano Works Volume 1, Naxos 8.553290, (cut 12)
But one day she heard something new. For Shirley, it was a pivotal point in her musical direction.
Shirley Horn: I found out about Errol Garners Penthouse Serenade on my own, I guess I was 12, 13 years old.
MUSIC PAUSE: Penthouse Serenade, CD: The Essence of Erroll Garner , Sony 57155 (cut 3)
The lyricism I hear with Debussy and Erroll Garner is so fluid, it flows together.
MUSIC POST: Penthouse Serenade, CD: The Essence of Erroll Garner , Sony 57155 (cut 3)
I think when I really discovered him, Erroll Garner, I had a porch off of my bedroom and I would see the flowers and I would hear him, it seemed like he was caressing the flowers....and there were so many songs that one day I must record.
And she did. In 1996, she recorded "Dreamy," a classic by Erroll Garner.
Music Post : Dreamy, CD: Loving You , Verve 537 022-2 (cut 3)
The late pianist, singer, and composer, Shirley Horn. This Jazz Moment was created by the National Endowment for the Arts. I'm Delfeayo Marsalis.
Shirley Horn on the influence
of Erroll Garner