George Shearing

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George Shearing

American jazz pianist who for many years led a popular jazz group that recorded for Discovery Records, MGM Records and Capitol Recordsadd

Category: Music (655)

Born in 1919.

Countries: United States (58%), United Kingdom (12%), Canada (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Stephane Grappelli, Cal Tjader, Ivor Novello

Linked to: Capitol Records, Linden Lodge School for the Blind, Billboard, American Broadcasting Company




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George Shearing was born in 1919 add something


He made his first BBC radio appearance during this time after befriending Leonard Feather, with whom he started recording in 1937. add something


Stephane Grappelli - His early fame came playing with the Quintette du Hot Club de France with Django Reinhardt, which disbanded in 1939 at the outbreak of World War II. In 1940, a little-known jazz pianist by the name of George Shearing made his debut as a sideman in Grappelli's band.


In 1940, Shearing joined Harry Parry's popular band and contributed to the comeback of Stephane Grappelli. add something


Ed Shaughnessy - He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and grew up in the New York City area, working in the 1940s with George Shearing, Jack Teagarden, and Charlie Ventura


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.


Shearing was married twice, first to the former Trixie Bayes, to whom he was married from 1941 to 1973. add something


Pete Chilver - In 1946, Chilver joined Ray Ellington, Tito Burns, and during 1947 worked with Jack Jackson, George Shearing, and St├ęphane Grappelli


In 1947, Shearing emigrated to the United States, where his harmonically complex style mixing swing, bop and modern classical influences gained popularity. add something


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". add something


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


Al McKibbon - In the 1950s he recorded with the Miles Davis nonet, Earl Hines, Count Basie, Johnny Hodges, Thelonious Monk, George Shearing, Cal_Tjader, Herbie Nichols and Hawkins


Cal Tjader - Jazz pianist George Shearing recruited Tjader in 1953 when Joe Roland left his group.


In 1956, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. add something


Warren Chiasson - He played with George Shearing from 1959-61 and split off to form his own group, though he did play with Chet Baker and Tal Farlow


Wyatt Ruther - He toured with George Shearing in 1959 and played on a world tour with Buddy Rich in 1960-61


Clare Fischer - In 1960 albums for vibraphonist Cal Tjader and pianist George Shearing followed as did an eight year career of writing music for commercials after which Fischer signed his first record contract


Hagood Hardy - In the 1960s he played vibraphone in the bands of Martin Denny, Gigi Gryce, Herbie Mann and George Shearing


Vernel Fournier - After leaving the Jamal trio, Fournier joined George Shearing for two years before rejoining Jamal briefly in 1965-66


Rusty Jones (musician) - Jones appeared with Chicago musician Judy Roberts from 1968 to 1972, soon after becoming a member of George Shearing's trio from 1972 to 1978


He continued to play with his quintet, with augmented players through the years, and recorded with Capitol until 1969. add something


In 1970, he began to "phase out his by-now-predictable quintet" and disbanded the group in 1978. add something


In 1975, received honorary degree of Doctor of Music from Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. add something


Mel Torme - Torme viewed his 1977 Carnegie Hall concert with George Shearing and Gerry Mulligan as a turning point.


In 1978, received the Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans. add something


In 1979, Shearing signed with Concord Records, and recorded for the label with Mel Torme. add something


Brian Q. Torff - In 1979, Brian Torff joined in a duo with pianist George Shearing.


Brian Torff - In 1979, Brian Torff joined in a duo with pianist George Shearing


Don Thompson (musician) - In 1982 he joined pianist George Shearing and stayed for a five-year period during which he appeared at virtually every major jazz club and festival in the United States


This collaboration garnered Shearing and Torme two Grammys, one in 1983 and another in 1984. add something


In 1993, received the Ivor Novello Awards for Lifetime Achievement. add something


Shearing remained fit and active well into his later years and continued to perform, even after being honoured with an Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993. add something


In 1994, received honorary degree of Doctor of Music from Hamilton College in New York. add something


He was appointed OBE in 1996. add something


In 1996, was included in the Queens Birthday Honours List and was invested by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his "service to music and Anglo-US relations". add something


In 1998, received the first American Music Award by the National Arts Club, New York City. add something


Pauw University in Indiana. add something


In 2003, received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from BBC Jazz Awards. add something


Laura Nyro - An analysis of Nyro's music by music theorist Ari Shagal was written at the University of Chicago in 2003, linking Nyro's work to the Great American Songbook by demonstrating the similarities between her chordal language and those of Harold Arlen, Harry Warren, and George Shearing


In 2004, he released his memoirs, 'Lullaby of Birdland', which was accompanied by a double album "musical autobiography", 'Lullabies of Birdland'. add something


In 2007, was knighted for services to music. add something


George Shearing died in 2011 add something


He started to learn piano at the age of three and began formal training at Linden Lodge School for the Blind, where he spent four years. add something