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    Lullaby of Birdland: An Autobiography (Bayou Jazz Lives S) (Paperback) By (author) George Shearing, By (author) Alyn Shipton

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    DescriptionPianist George Shearing is that rare thing, a European jazz musician who became a household name in the US, as a result of the 'Shearing sound' - the recordings of his historic late 1940s quintet. Together with his unique 'locked hands' approach to playing the piano, Shearing's quintet with guitar and vibraphone in close harmony to his own playing revolutionised small group jazz, and ensured that after seven years as Melody Maker's top British pianist, he achieved even greater success in America. His compositions have been recorded by everyone from Sarah Vaughan to Miles Davis, and his best known pieces include Lullaby of Birdland, She and Conception. His story is all the more remarkable because Shearing was born blind. As a teenager he joined Claude Bampton's orchestra, and he recounts hilarious anecdotes about the trials and tribulations of this all blind group. By the start of the war years, Shearing was established as one of Britain's most popular and impressive jazz pianists - broadcasting regularly and playing and recording with Stephane Grappelli. In 1947 he emigrated to the US and started his landmark series of records with his quintet as well as performing classical pieces with several leading symphony orchestras. His candid reminiscences include a behind the scenes experience of New York's 52nd Street in its heyday, as well as memories of a vast roll-call of professional colleagues that includes all the great names in jazz.

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    Lullaby of Birdland
    An Autobiography
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) George Shearing, By (author) Alyn Shipton
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 221 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    ISBN 13: 9780826417244
    ISBN 10: 0826417248

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    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
    Publication date
    28 April 2005
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    Author Information
    George Shearing is an internationally known jazz pianist. He is still active on the international stage and in late 1999 filled Carnegie Hall for a gala celebration of his 80th birthday. Alyn Shipton is a writer and broadcaster on jazz.
    Review quote
    "Together they [Shearing and Shipton] have produced a book that is tightly edited and true to the voice of its subject. Suffused with warmth and good humor this is recommended for larger jazz collections."" -Library Journal"
    Table of contents
    1. The House in Arthur Street; 2. Shillington Street School; 3. Linden Lodge; 4. Mighty Like the Blues; 5. Swing Street; 6. September in the Rain; 7. Lullaby of Birdland; 8. On the Road; 9. Classical Concerts; 10. Ellie; 11. Two Bodies - One Musical Mind; 12. Today; Key Recordings; Acknowledgements; Index