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The Hot Box #048 - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 18 - George Shearing

A Special Edition celebrating the centennial of pianist George Shearing 1919 - 2011

The Pianist George Shearing was born in Battersea, London in August 1919, blind from birth. He emigrated to the USA in 1947, soon establishing the so-called “Shearing Sound” with his quintet. The band scored popular hits in the late 40’s and early 50’s, unwittingly inventing a sound formula that would endear itself to commercial arrangers across the world. Of particular interest for Irish listeners is the fact that Shearing’s preferred guitarist for much of the late 20th century was Louis Stewart. Shearing was knighted for his services to music. “Not bad for a blind boy from Battersea”.

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Track List for The Hot Box #048 - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 18 - George Shearing

# Artist Track Title Time
01 Michel Camilo One More Once 00:00
02 George Shearing Trio Homeward Bound 01:52
03 George Shearing Quintet September in the Rain 08:57
04 George Shearing Quintet East of the Sun (and West of the Moon) 12:53
05 George Shearing Jordu 17:22
06 George Shearing Over the Rainbow 21:37
07 George Shearing & Peggy Lee You Came a Long Way from St. Louis 24:54
08 George Shearing Quintet Lullaby of Birdland 28:22
09 George Shearing & Jim Hall Emily 36:58
10 George Shearing Hi Fly 43:32
11 George Shearing Trio In Your Own Sweet Way 47:23
12 George Shearing I Cover the Waterfront 54:34
13 George Shearing Quintet Lullaby of Birdland 1:00:45

Selected from the albums:

Paper Moon: Music of George Shearing
That Shearing Sound
George Shearing/Nils Henning Orsted Pedersen/Louis Stewart: The MPS Trio Sessions
Mel Torme: The Concord Year
At Home: George Shearing and Don Thompson
The Definitive George Shearing on Verve/Blue Note

Donald Helme
Author: Donald Helme
Donald presented Jazz Alley, Ireland’s number one jazz show, on RTE Lyric FM from the station’s first week on air until the end of 2015. “I am not a musician, and have never pretended to be anything other than a lifetime fan with loads of experience and hopefully, good ears.”
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