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British jazz pianist George Shearing (left) and American singer Joe Williams attend a press reception in London in 1962 before beginning a tour of Britain together.

Listen George Shearing: The 1995 'Morning Edition' Interview

February 15, 2011 – When George Shearing turned 75, he had already been pleasing audiences for over 50 years.


George Shearing

Listen Remembering George Shearing

February 15, 2011 – The blind, London-born composer of "Lullaby of Birdland" toured to international renown. He was 91.


George Shearing, the ebullient jazz pianist who wrote the standard  "Lullaby of Birdland," died Monday in Manhattan of congestive heart  failure.  He was 91.

Listen Remembering The Composer Of 'Lullaby Of Birdland'

February 15, 2011 – Fresh Air remembers jazz pianist George Shearing with excerpts from a 1986 interview.


Listen Swing Into The Holidays On Piano Jazz

December 18, 2009 – Marian McPartland and guests from seasons past share memories and perform Christmas classics.


George Shearing shares a laugh with his fiancé Ellie Geffert in 1976.

Read George Shearing On Piano Jazz

June 8, 2012 – Host Marian McPartland reminisces with her fellow countryman about obscure British tunes.

Listen George Shearing: 'Verve Jazz Masters 57'

August 1, 2001 – The album captures Shearing, inventor of a unique quintet sound, at the height of his popularity.


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