Don Shirley http://kbia.org en Classical pianist turned jazz virtuoso Don Shirley dead at 86 http://kbia.org/post/classical-pianist-turned-jazz-virtuoso-don-shirley-dead-86 <p><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;">When the jazz pianist </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Shirley" style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); background-color: transparent; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Don Shirley</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"> died on April 6, his passing was not widely reported.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;">A</span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/29/arts/music/donald-shirley-pianist-and-composer-dies-at-86.html" style="line-height: 1.15;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); background-color: transparent; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;"> New York Times obituary</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"> noted that the Jamaican born virtuoso pianist was trained in the classical repertoire. Later, the impresario Sol Hurok advised Shirley “to pursue a career in popular music and jazz.” </span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/29/arts/music/donald-shirley-pianist-and-composer-dies-at-86.html" style="line-height: 1.15;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); background-color: transparent; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Hurok warned Shirley</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;"> that “American audiences were not willing to accept a ‘colored’ pianist on the concert stage.”</span></p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 22:30:11 +0000 Trevor Harris 33823 at http://kbia.org Classical pianist turned jazz virtuoso Don Shirley dead at 86