Nancy Wilson and Guy Barker conclude their two-part tribute to Sir George Shearing OBE, one of the most remarkable pianists in jazz, who died in February.
Sir George Shearing was one of the most original pianists in jazz and his death in February was felt around the world.
In this concluding part of a two part tribute, we recall many of the stylish and imaginative collaborations Sir George had with both singers and instrumentalists. Nat King Cole, Mel Torme, light music giant Bob Farnon, Grammy award winning broadcaster and fellow British pianist emigre Marian McPartland, and the Dixieland jazz of New Orleans all feature in his love of playing with others.
We also get an insight into just what it meant to him to play solo, by and for him. Presented by Nancy Wilson and Guy Barker, the programmes includes Shearing biographer Alyn Shipton remembering the emotion that surrounded George's recent return to London to receive his knighthood. This honour meant a great deal to the blind pianist from Battersea, who brought enjoyment to people around the world and created a unique place for himself in jazz history.