Herman Shaw II, 24 December 1944, Laurinburg, North Carolina, USA, d. 11 May 1989, New York City, New York, USA. Shaw was raised in Newark, New Jersey, where his father sang in a gospel group. Taking up the trumpet at the age of 11, he quickly attained a level of proficiency that allowed him to sit in with visiting jazzmen. He left school when he was 16 years old to work in New York with Willie Bobo in whose band he played alongside Chick Corea and Joe Farrell. He also met Eric Dolphy, recording with him on 1963s Iron Man. The following year Dolphy invited Shaw to join his European tour, but died before the trumpeter had arrived. Shaw decided to go to Europe anyway, and stayed for a while in France, playing with Kenny Clarke, Bud Powell and others. Back in the USA in the mid-60s he joined Horace Silver, recordingThe Cape Verdean Blues (1965) and The Jody Grind (1966) and also worked with McCoy Tyner and Art Blakey. In the late 60s and early 70s he was busy...
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