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George Shearing

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George Shearing

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Sir George Shearing OBE (born August 13, 1919, Battersea, London) is an Anglo-American jazz pianist who for many years led a popular jazz group which recorded for MGM Records and Capitol Records. The composer of over 300 titles, he has had multiple albums on the Billboard charts during the 1950s, 1960s, 1980s and 1990s. He became known for a piano technique known as Shearing's voicing, a type of double melody block chord, with an additional fifth part that doubles the melody an octave lower. Shearing's interest in classical music resulted in some performances with concert orchestras in the 1950s and 1960s, and his solos frequently draw upon the music of Debussy and, particularly, Erik Satie for inspiration. Shearing was the youngest of nine children. He was born blind to working class parents: his father delivered coal and his mother cleaned trains in the evening. He started to learn piano at the age of three and began formal training at Linden Lodge School for the Blind.

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Josh Kun, author who uncovered L.A.'s musical counter-history, named MacArthur fellow
LA Times Entertainme, 2016-09-22 04:00:00
Josh Kun was in his USC campus office earlier this week flipping through a stack of records next to a turntable near his desk. The albums — “Bongo Fever: Jack Costanzo at the Garden of Allah,” “The Exciting Tito Puente in Hollywood,” an easy-listening collection by instrumentalist George Shearing backed...

Music Review: Rossano Sportiello Pays Tribute to George Shearing
NY Times Music, 2013-06-16 21:32:51
The Italian jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello emphasized the pop-classical connection while paying tribute to George Shearing.    

Jazz pianist George Shearing dies at 91
MSNBC Music, 2011-02-14 22:52:42
George Shearing, the ebullient jazz pianist who wrote the standard "Lullaby of Birdland" and had a string of hits both with and without his quintet, has died. He was 91.

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