Knowledge Identifier: +George_Shearing
Category: Music (655)
Born in 1919.
Countries: United States (58%), United Kingdom (12%), Canada (5%)
Linked to: Capitol Records, Linden Lodge School for the Blind, Billboard, American Broadcasting Company
He made his first BBC radio appearance during this time after befriending Leonard Feather, with whom he started recording in 1937.
Stephane Grappelli - In 1940, a little-known jazz pianist by the name of George Shearing made his debut as a sideman in Grappelli's band.
In 1947, Shearing emigrated to the United States, where his harmonically complex style mixing swing, bop and modern classical influences gained popularity.
In 1949, he formed the first 'George Shearing Quintet', a band with Margie_Hyams, Chuck_Wayne, later replaced by Toots_Thielemans, John Levy and Denzil Best and recorded for Discovery, Savoy and MGM, including the immensely popular single "September in the Rain", which sold over 900,000 copies; "my other hit" to accompany "Lullaby of Birdland".
Eddie Higgins - For more than two decades Higgins worked at some of Chicago's most prestigious jazz clubs, including the Brass Rail, Preview Lounge, Blue Note, Cloister Inn and Jazz Ltd. His longest and most memorable tenure was at the long gone London House, where he led his jazz trio from the late 1950s to the late 1960s, playing opposite the greatest jazz stars of this period, including Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Errol Garner, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson and George Shearing, among others
In 1956, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States.
Vernel Fournier - After leaving the Jamal trio, Fournier joined George Shearing for two years before rejoining Jamal briefly in 1965-66
In 1993, received the Ivor Novello Awards for Lifetime Achievement.
Pauw University in Indiana.
In 2003, received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from BBC Jazz Awards.