Woody Shaw

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Woody Shaw

Woody Shaw , actually Woody Brown, Jr. (born December 24, 1944 in Laurinburg , North Carolina , † May 10, 1989 in New York City , New York ) was an American jazz trumpeter.

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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 .

He also worked with Kenny Garrett , Freddie Hubbard , Mal Waldron , Tone Janša and Dexter Gordon and toured Egypt, India and the Middle East.

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.

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