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George Shearing

Pianist Sir George Shearing died on 14th February 2011. In an archive interview, he joins Alyn Shipton to look back over the highlights of his recording career, from early triumphs in London to the debut of his famous quintet in America, as well as his long-running partnership with Mel Torme.

1 hour

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Sun 3 Apr 2011 00:00

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  • George Shearing

    Mighty Like the Blues

    Composer: Feather Performers: George Shearing (piano), Warren Vache (cornet), George Masso (trombone), Kenny Davern (clarinet), Ken Peplowski (tenor sax), Neil Swainson (bass), Jerry Fuller (drums). NY, Feb 1989

    • George Shearing in Dixieland.
    • Concord.
    • 4388 Tr 2.
  • George Shearing

    Delayed Action

    Composer: Shearing Performers: George Shearing (piano), 23 April 1941

    • From Battersea to Broadway.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 40 CD 1 Tr 11.
  • George Shearing

    Short excerpts of I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter; Viper's Drag,

    Performed in the studio.

  • Harry Parry's Radio Rhythm Club Sextet

    Honeysuckle Rose

    Composer: Waller/Razaf Performers: Harry Parry (clarinet), Roy Marsh (vibraphone), Frank Deniz (guitar), George Shearing (piano), Sam Molineaux (bass), Ben Edwards (drums). 19 July 1941 Short excerpt from Let Me Call You Sweetheart (Dennis Moonan) played by Shearing in the studio.

    • From Battersea to Broadway.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 40 CD 1 Tr 15.
  • Stephane Grappelli and His Quartet

    Dinah

    Composer: Young, Akst, Lewis Performers: Stephane Grappelli (violin), George Shearing (piano), Jack Llewellyn (guitar), George Gibbs (bass), Dave Fullerton (drums). 9 April 1941 Short excerpt of Roses of Picardy (as below) played by Shearing in the studio.

    • From Battersea to Broadway.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 40 CD 1 Tr 8.
  • The George Shearing Quintet

    Roses of Picardy

    Composer: Wood, Weatherly Performers: George Shearing (piano), Marge Hyams (vibraphone), Chuck Wayne (guitar), John Levy (bass), Denzil Best (drums). 5 Jul 1950

    • From Battersea to Broadway.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 40 CD 4 Tr 14.
  • George Shearing

    September in the Rain

    Composer: Warren/Dubin Performers: George Shearing (piano), Marge Hyams (vibraphone), Chuck Wayne (guitar), John Levy (bass), Denzil Best (drums). 17 Feb 1949

    • Lullabies of Birdland.
    • Concord.
    • 2211-2 CD 1 Tr 1.
  • The George Shearing Quintet

    Jordu

    Composer: Jordan Performers: George Shearing (piano), Toots Thielemans (guitar), Emil Richards (vibraphone), Al McKibbon (bass), Percy Brice (drums). 27 March 1958.

    • The Definitive George Shearing.
    • Verve/Blue Note.
    • 589 857-2 Tr 16.
  • George Shearing & Hank Jones - You Don't Know What Love Is

    Composer: Raye/DePaul Performers: George Shearing, Hank Jones (piano). March 1988 Originally on the album The Spirit of 176 on Concord 4371.

  • George Shearing & Mel Tormé - Put a Shine on Your Shoes

    Composer: Dietz/Schwartz Performers: Mel Tormé (vocals), George Shearing (piano), Don Thompson (bass), Donny Osborne (drums). 14 May 1985

  • George Shearing & Mel Tormé - New Yorlk Medley: Me and My Gal (Goetz/Leslie/Meyer); Mack

    Composer: Dietz/Schwartz Performers: Mel Tormé (vocals), George Shearing (piano), John Leitham (bass), Donny Osborne (drums). August 1987

  • George Shearing Trio

    What Is This Thing Called Love?

    Composer: Porter Performers: George Shearing (piano), Israel Crosby (bass), Vernell Founier (drums). 21 June 1962

    • Definitive George Shearing.
    • Verve/Blue Note.
    • 589 857-2 Tr 20.
  • John Pizzarelli/George Shearing

    I Predict

    Composer: Jessica Molaskey Performers: John Pizzarelli (vocals, guitar), George Shearing (piano).

    • Rare Delight of You.
    • Telarc.
    • 83456 Tr 14.

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