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Shaw, son of gospel singer Woody Brown, Sr. , grew up in Newark , New Jersey , where he began studying trumpet and music theory with Jerome Ziering at Arts High School at the age of eleven . At that time he was very impressed by the trumpeter Clifford Brown , whose playing he had seen. Next to him were Dizzy Gillespie , Fats Navarro , Miles Davis , Kenny Dorham and Lee Morgan important. He left high school at the age of sixteen.
In 1963 he worked - together with Chick Corea - with Willie Bobo and with Eric Dolphy . Dolphy invited him for a trip to Paris for the following year , but died shortly before the appointment. Shaw traveled alone, performing in Paris and Germany with Kenny Clarke , Bud Powell , Johnny Griffin , Art Taylor and Nathan Davis .
From 1965 to 1966 he was a member of Horace Silver's quintet, in the following years he made recordings with Chick Corea, Jackie McLean ( Demon's Dance 1967), Booker Ervin , McCoy Tyner and Andrew Hill . 1968–1969 he worked with Max Roach . After working with Pharoah Sanders , Hank Mobley , Gary Bartz , Archie Shepp and Joe Henderson , he had an engagement with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers between 1971 and 1973 , with whom he recorded three albums. In 1972 and 1978 Shaw played in The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band .
Then he went to San Francisco , where he led a band with Bobby Hutcherson and recorded two albums. In 1975 he returned to New York, where he played in the Louis Hayes Junior Cook Quintet ; In 1976 he worked on Harry Whitaker's debut album Black Renaissance . Since 1978 some of his most important albums have been released by Columbia Records . He worked at the time with Carter Jefferson , Onaje Allan Gumbs , Stafford James and Victor Lewis ; from 1980 to 1983 Mulgrew Miller , Steve Turré , Stafford James and Tony Reedus were members of his quintet. In 1986 he formed a new quintet, which u. a. Larry Willis , David Williams and Terri Lyne Carrington included .
Illness overshadowed his last years. He lost an arm in a subway accident and died of kidney failure ten weeks later.
In 2012, the German trombonist Johannes Herrlich , who lives in Vienna, founded the " Woody Shaw Project " in order, together with Daniel Nösig tp, Oliver Kent p, Joe Abentung b and Mario Gonzi dm, to attract the current jazz audience to the style-forming instrumentalists and at concerts in Vienna's Jazzland To remember composers.
- Song of Songs (OJC, 1972) with Bennie Maupin , George Cables
- The Moontrane (Muse, 1974) with Azar Lawrence , Cecil McBee , Buster Williams
- Solid (Camden, 1974-87) with Kenny Garrett , Kenny Barron , Kirk Lightsey , Peter Leitch
- Rosewood (Columbia, 1977) with Steve Turre , Joe Henderson , Victor Lewis
- Lotus Flower ( Enja , 1982) with Steve Turre, Mulgrew Miller , Tony Reedus
- Live in Bremen 1983 (ed. 2018)
- At Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall / Hamburg '82 (Jazzline, ed. 2017), with Steve Turre, Mulgrew Miller, Stafford James , Tony Reedus
- Night Music (Elektra, 1983) with Steve Turre, Mulgrew Miller, Stafford James, Tony Reedus; Guest Artist: Bobby Hutchersen
- Bemsha Swing Live ( Blue Note Records , 1986) with Geri Allen , Robert Hurst
- Basel 1980 (ed. 2019)
- The Complete CBS Studio Recordings of Woody Shaw - (1977–1981) - ( Mosaic 1992) - 4 LPs or 3 CDs with Joe Henderson , Frank Wess , Carter Jefferson , Steve Turre , Onaje Allan Gumbs , Clint Houston , Victor Lewis , Charles Sullivan , James Spaulding , Curtis Fuller , Buster Williams , George Cables , Gary Bartz , Larry Willis , Stafford James , Mulgrew Miller , Tony Reedus
- Woody Shaw at Allmusic (English)
- Woody Shaw in Discogs (English)
- Works by and about Woody Shaw in the catalog of the German National Library
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Brown, Woody senior (real name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American jazz trumpeter|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 24, 1944|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Laurinburg , North Carolina|
|DATE OF DEATH||May 10, 1989|
|Place of death||New York City , New York|