Lee Shaw, 89, died peacefully on Sunday, October 25, 2015. Born Londa Lee Moore on June 15, 1926, she grew up in Ada, Oklahoma. Lee was an internationally known jazz pianist, composer and educator who was adored by a multitude of friends, jazz fans and students world-wide. She was a brilliant musician and a totally charming human being with an insatiable love of life, curiosity about other people, and passion for jazz. Lee received a bachelor's degree from the Oklahoma College for Women, a master's degree from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, and an honorary doctorate from the College of St. Rose where she was on the faculty. She played with many jazz greats throughout her career, studied with the legendary Oscar Peterson, and was leader of the Lee Shaw Trio for five decades. In 1993 Lee was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, where the archives of her illustrious career in jazz will reside. Lee was predeceased by her husband and drummer, Stan Shaw. Burial will be private, with a Memorial Concert being planned for December. A Lee Shaw Scholarship Fund is being established. Contributions can be made to the Swingtime Jazz Society with "Lee Shaw Memorial Fund" in the memo line, and mailed to Patti Melita, SJS Treasurer, PO Box 232, Troy, NY 12181-0232. To leave a special message, please visit www.marrafuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Oct. 30, 2015.