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George Shearing

Born blind at birth in London, England on August 13, 1919, George Shearing went on to become one of the world's leading jazz pianists. Highly respected by his peers, Shearing has recorded with the greats of the music world. His internationally-known jazz composition, "Lullaby of Birdland," composed during 1952, is but one of his numerous works. He has remained a most prolific arranger and composer in his long and varied career as a pianist.

In 2004, Concord Records released the 2 CD collection, "Lullabies of Birdland -- A Musical Autobiography," which is a memorable retrospective spanning more than five decades of recorded songs by Shearing. It includes Shearing's first major song, "September In The Rain," released in 1949.

The enduring, intimate performances of George Shearing are the result of his great sense of phrasing, complex motifs, lyrical approach to melody, and a keen sense of harmony. A master of style, his performances always exhibit a wonderful sense of elegance.

Critics have named him one of the giants of jazz piano. There has been much written about Shearing and his unique piano style.

Of the many sites for further interest and study, the reader is directed to the following for reviews, images, further information, and recordings:

http://www.jazzreview.com

http://www.npr.org/programs/jazzprofiles/archive/shearing.html

http://www.concordrecords.com/artists.asp

http://www.telarc.com/biography/bios.asp?aid=98&gsku=3546

http://www.spaceagepop.com/shearing.htm

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  • Artist / Group Name: George Shearing
  • Subtitle: Composers Series
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