Farewell George Shearing

February 2011 - Battersea-born pianist George Shearing died in New York of congestive heart failure on 14 February, aged 91.

Shearing was renowned for inventing a block-harmony sound for quintet based on the Glenn Miller horn section style but adopting the harmony of bebop. He also wrote the hit and perennial standard Lullaby Of Birdland.

A full obituary by Bruce Crowther will appear in the April issue of Jazz Journal.

George Shearing dies

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