Jazz Appreciation Month: George Shearing.

Sir George Shearing (1919 – 2011) was born in Battersea to a working class family , he was the youngest of nine children and was blind from birth. He was a rare example of British Jazz musician who made it in the USA, his compositions “Conception” and “Lullaby of Birdland” quickly became Jazz standards. Part of his success came down to his distinctive chilled down sound, his line up was piano, vibes, guitar, bass and drums and gave a cool but sophisticated sound. He recorded albums with legendary singers like Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee and Nancy Wilson and was not afraid to go solo. However, he would return to the quintet again and again and worked very much up until his death. If you can find it, his autobiography is well worth a read

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