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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.


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    Title
    Lullaby of Birdland
    Subtitle
    An Autobiography
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) George Shearing, By (author) Alyn Shipton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 658 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780826460158
    ISBN 10: 0826460151
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: MUS
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC subject category V2: BGFA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1A
    BISAC V2.8: MUS023030
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AVGJ
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 14
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15970
    BISAC V2.8: BIO004000
    DC22: 786.2/165/092
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC22: 786.2165092
    LC classification: ML417.S57, ML417.S57 A3 2004
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: DNBF1, AVLP
    Illustrations note
    25 illustrations
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
    Publication date
    01 May 2004
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    George Shearing is an internationally known jazz planist. 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. Luliaby of Birdland; 8. On the Road; 9. Classical Concerts; 10. Ellie; 11. Two Bodies - One Musical Mind; 12. Today; Key Recordings; Acknowledgements; Index