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Russell Davies devotes almost the entire programme to the life and work of Sir George Shearing, who died in February.

This week, Russell devotes almost the entire programme to the life and work of Sir George Shearing, who died in February.

Though most famous for his instrumental work with his ground-breaking quintet, George recorded with many singers and Russell selects examples. These come from his earliest days, with Stephane Grappelli and Beryl Davis; to his most recent, with John Pizzarelli.

He also includes notable sessions with Mel Torme, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole and others - as well as one rare example of his own vocal prowess.

In addition, Russell reviews recent recordings by two more British pianists - Sir Richard Rodney Bennett with Claire Martin and James Pearson with Gary Williams.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 6 Mar 2011 21:00

Music Played

  • Nat King Cole & George Shearing - Let There Be Love

    “Nat King Cole Sings; George Shearing Plays”

  • George Shearing & Nancy Wilson - Sophisticated Lady

    “Capitol Sings Duke Ellington”

  • Sarah Vaughan

    Lullaby Of Birdland

    “Beyond The Sea – 50 Summer Classics”

    • Sony-BMG.
    • 82876855372.
  • Billy Eckstine & George Shearing

    You're Driving Me Crazy

    ‘Billy Eckstine – All Of My Life’

    • Jasmine.
    • JASCD 483.
  • Joe Brown & The Bruvvers

    I'll See You In My Dreams

    ‘Concert For George’

    • Warner.
    • 8122745462.
  • Beryl Davies With George Shearing

    Star Eyes

    ‘George Shearing – The Early Years’ [5 Cd Box]

    • JSP.
    • JSP 954.
  • George Shearing

    It Amazes Me

    George Shearing – Favorite Things: Solo Piano

    • TELARC Jazz.
    • CD-83398.
  • Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett - The Rules Of The Road

    “Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett: Witchcraft”

  • Gary Williams

    Walkin' My Baby Back Home

    “Let There Be Love With Gary Williams”

    • BOS.
    • BOS 6819.
  • Peggy Lee and George Shearing - Always True To You In My Fashion

    Peggy Lee/George Shearing: “Beauty & The Beat”

  • John Pizzarelli With The George Shearing Quintet - I Predict

    “The Rare Delight Of You: Pizzarelli & Shearing”

  • George Shearing & Mel Tormé - New York, New York Medley

    “Mel Tormé & George Shearing: Complete Concord”

  • Joe Williams & George Shearing - Here's To Life

    “Joe Williams – Here’s To Life”