Shirley Horn, the great jazz singer-pianist, suffers from diabetes. She lost one of her legs a few years ago as a result of her illness, and now she’s on dialysis in a Washington nursing home. I’m told that she’d greatly appreciate “flowers, cards, prayers, etc.” If you’re one of the many people who has been touched by her music and feel like giving something back in return, here’s where she’s staying:
Gladys Spellman Specialty Hospital and Nursing Center
2900 Mercy Lane
Cheverly, MD 20785
If you don’t know Shirley Horn’s music, I commend to your attention this fourteen-track sampler drawn from her Verve catalogue. It’s a beautiful tribute to a unique and irreplaceable artist.