1963 to 1989
December 24, 1944
May 10, 1989
Laurinburg, North Carolina, United States
Woody Herman Shaw, Jr. (December 24, 1944 – May 10, 1989) was an American trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer and band leader, described by NPR Music as "the last great trumpet innovator". Shaw is regarded as one of the great jazz band leaders and innovators of his generation. Born with a photographic memory and perfect pitch, he was considered to have been generations ahead of his time.