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Jazz star Shirley Horn dies

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Shirley Horn, the US jazz pianist and vocalist who found fame working with Miles Davis, has died aged 71.

Horn died in her native Washington, DC after a long illness, according to a statement released by her recording label Verve Records.

Horn, considered one of the last great jazz vocalists of her era, was compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae.

She was nominated for seven consecutive Grammys and won in 1998 for the best jazz vocal performance.

Her winning song was I Remember Miles, a tribute to her mentor Miles Davis who died in 1991.

Horn also won five Wammys, the Washington area's music industry award, as well as multiple other titles.

She also enjoyed great acclaim with her albums Here's to Life, Light Out of Darkness (A Tribute to Ray Charles), and I Love You, Paris, which all went to number one on the Billboard jazz charts.

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