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George Shearing

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: August 13, 1919 | Died: February 14, 2011    

George Shearing

George Shearing enjoys an international reputation as a pianist, arranger and composer. Equally at home on the concert stage as in jazz clubs, Shearing is recognized for inventive, orchestrated jazz. He has written over 300 compositions, including the classic “Lullaby of Birdland,” which has become a jazz standard.

Shearing was born in 1919 in the Battersea area of London. Congenitally blind, he was the youngest of nine children. His father delivered coal and his mother cleaned trains at night after caring for the children during the day. His only formal musical education consisted of four years of study at the Linden Lodge School for the Blind. While his talent won him a number of university scholarships, he was forced to refuse them in favor of a more financially productive pursuit…playing piano in a neighborhood pub for the handsome salary of $5 a week! Shearing joined an all-blind band in the 1930’s. At that time he developed a friendship with the noted jazz critic and author, Leonard Feather. Through this contact, he made his first appearance on BBC radio....
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  • George Shearing at Home
    Proper Records
    2013
  • The MPS Trio Sessions
    JJ-Tracks
    2007
  • Like Fine Wine
    Mack Avenue Records
    2005
  • Lullabies of Birdland - A Musical Autobiography
    Concord Music Group
    2004
  • Like Fine Wine
    Mack Avenue Records
    2004
  • Verve Jazz Masters 57
    JJ-Tracks
    2003
  • At Newport
    Fantasy Jazz
    2003
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