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Documentary Film and Concert
Saturday, January 12, 7:30 pm
“Lee’s 88 Keys”
A documentary film about the life and music of pianist Lee Shaw.
Proudly known as Albany’s “Queen of Jazz,” Lee lived a diverse, accomplished, and charmed life. From the piano bench she bravely struggled not only with being a woman in a male dominated field, but with the financial challenges that come with pursuing a dream, and the conflict of her sharp musical mind’s residence in an ever-aging vessel. Over the years, Shaw studied with Oscar Peterson, taught piano to John Medeski, and worked with countless jazz luminaries, including Arnie Lawrence, Frank Foster, Pepper Adams, Zoot Simms, Al Cohn, Al Grey, Richard Davis, Slam Stewart, Eddie Jones, Eugene Wright, and Jymie Merritt. Bandleaders, such as Lionel Hampton, asked her to join their groups, but she turned down these offers in order to focus on her jazz trio. In 1993, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Her story is one of passion and triumph, all of which she attributed to her love of the 88s. Shaw passed away at the age of 89 in 2015; the Swingtime Jazz Society honors her memory with a scholarship awarded annually to a high school senior planning to pursue music studies in college.