24 years ago, today, Woody Shaw passed away at the age of 44 (May 10, 1989).
We celebrate his legacy and all that he sacrificed to bring beauty, intelligence, and artistic integrity to planet earth.
“Woody Shaw was a true visionary. The world suffers from a lack of true visionaries. I was blessed and privileged that Woody saw something in this meager talent of mine to allow me to be in his band for a few years. That experience helped mold me into what I am today. I’ve had very vivid dreams of him. Indeed it was my good fortune to be in his presence. I’m so grateful!”
"He was truly one of the greatest."
"Woody Shaw is one of the voices of the future... Not of the future, of the present."
"In the back of my mind, I am always thinking of Woody Shaw."
"Now there's a great trumpet player...He can play different from all of them." —Miles Davis