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Marlena Shaw

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: September 22, 1942    

She's known as a jazz artist, but some only knew her as a disco artist, while others yet think of her in an R&B mode. So who is Marlena Shaw? Well.....she is all of these. Ask Marlena and she'll flat out tell you she's a jazz artist, yet there's no denying her R&B sides and her disco undertakings.

Born Marlina Burgess on September 22, 1942 in New Rochelle, New York, she inherited her love of music and jazz in particular from her uncle. After her uncle, Jimmy Burgess, introduced her to the recordings of Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, she caught the jazz bug, and purchased records by Al Hibbler, a vocalist who had a big influence on her singing style. When she was ten she performed at Harlem's Apollo Theater, and despite the enthusiastic reception she received in front of one of the world's toughest audiences, her mother refused to let her go on the road with her uncle, a trumpet player....
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    From The Depths Of My Soul

    Blue Note
    2011
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    The Spice Of Life

    Blue Note
    2005
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    Lookin' for Love

    441 Records
    2004
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    California Soul / Wade In The Water

    Blue Note
    2004
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    Live in Tokyo

    441 Records
    2003
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    Lookin' For Love

    Blue Note
    2003
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    The Blue Note Years

    Blue Note
    2003
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Lookin' For Love

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