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George Shearing

George ShearingAKA George Albert Shearing

Born: 13-Aug-1919
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 14-Feb-2011
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Heart Failure

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Jazz Musician, Pianist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: George Shearing Quintet

The New York Times said, "The Shearing sound which had the harmonic complexity of bebop but eschewed bebop's ferocious energy was built on the unusual instrumentation of vibraphone, guitar, piano, bass and drums. To get the 'full block sound' he wanted, he had the vibraphone double what his right hand played and the guitar double the left. That sound came to represent the essence of sophisticated hip for countless listeners worldwide who preferred their jazz on the gentle side."

Father: James phillip Shearing
Mother: Ellen Amelia Brightner
Sister: Mary
Sister: Dorothy ("Dolly")
Sister: Lilly
Sister: Margaret
Brother: James ("Jim")
Wife: Beatrice Gladys Bayes (m. 1-May-1941, one daughter)
Daughter: Wendy Ann
Wife: Eleanor ("Ellie", m. 1984, until his death)

    High School: Linden Lodge School for the Blind, London

    George Shearing Quintet (1949-78)
    Oscar Pettiford Trio
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 1716 Vine St. (recording)
    Officer of the British Empire
    Knighthood 2007
    Naturalized US Citizen 1956
    Risk Factors: Blindness

    Jazz on a Summer's Day (28-Mar-1960) · Himself
    The Big Beat (Feb-1958) · Himself

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Author of books:
Lullaby of Birdland (2005)

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