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REMEMBERING WOODY SHAW (12/24/44 - 5/10/89) 



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!”
—Mulgrew Miller

"He was truly one of the greatest."
—Max Roach
 
"Woody Shaw is one of the voices of the future... Not of the future, of the present."
—Dizzy Gillespie

"In the back of my mind, I am always thinking of Woody Shaw."
—Kenny Garrett

"Now there's a great trumpet player...He can play different from all of them." 
—Miles Davis

"Woods covers the whole spectrum."
—Dexter Gordon
 
Woody Shaw Official Site

Image © Carol Friedman

THIS MOMENT 



Blackbird singing in the dead of night

Take these broken wings and learn to fly

All your life

You were only waiting for this moment to arise


Blackbird singing in the dead of night

Take these sunken eyes and learn to see

All your life

You were only waiting for this moment to be free


Blackbird fly, blackbird fly

Into the light of the dark black night


Blackbird fly, blackbird fly

Into the light of the dark black night


Blackbird singing in the dead of night

Take these broken wings and learn to fly

All your life

You were only waiting for this moment to arise

You were only waiting for this moment to arise

You were only waiting for this moment to arise


—John Lennon & Paul McCartney

 

BUCKSHOT RUBAIYAT 



Our February 16th show at 57th Street Gallery in Oakland will include the premiere of my latest composition, "Buckshot Rubaiyat." The new work is dedicated to the late Bruno Mooshei, legendary proprietor of the Persian Aub Zam Zam (above) in San Francisco.

Bruno died over a decade ago, but we remember him fondly, especially during the cocktail hour.

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