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Lullaby of Birdland: The Autobiography of George Shearing (Bayou Jazz Lives)

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Pianist 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. 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.

Review:

"Charming, smooth and flecked with insight....[A]t its best, Lullaby of Birdland represents an unapologetic individual perspective on jazz that is also broad enough to have an appeal beyond jazz fans." Gene Santoro, The New York Times

Review:

"[A] pleasantly conversational autobiography....Suffused with warmth and good humor — Shearing remarks facetiously that he 'hates' Waller for the size of his hands (what pianist doesn't?) — this is recommended for larger jazz collections." Library Journal

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British pianist George Shearing emigrated to the United States in 1947, going on to achieve success in an American jazz world impressed with the accomplishments of the blind musician. In his autobiography he narrates his childhood, his beginnings in music, and his activities and encounters in the world of jazz.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Amusing and candid autobiography of blind jazz pianist George Shearing, who was at the centre of the New York jazz scene in its most vibrant era.

Synopsis:

Pianist 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 revolutionized 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. 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.

About the Author

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 an author, publisher, and broadcaster on jazz. He presented the BBC World Service show Jazzmatazz, heard by over 150 million listeners worldwide, for six years, and in 2003 his many years of BBC Radio presentation won him the Willis Conover/Marian McPartland Lifetime Achievement Award for Jazz Broadcasting. His New History of Jazz (Continuum) was voted book of the year 2002 by the American Jazz Journalists' Association, and won him the accolade of writer of the year in the Hamlet British Jazz Awards. His previous book Groovin' High, a biography of Dizzy Gillespie, won the Association of Recorded Sound Collections Award for the best research of 1999. He has also written biographies of Fats Waller and Bud Powell, and edited three volumes of oral history.

Table of Contents

1: Early Days in Battersea2: My first school3: Linden Lodge4: Claude Bampton and the All Blind Band5: The War Years6: America and Fifty-Second Street7: Moving to the States8: The First Quintet9: The Latin influence10: Friendships and musical partners11: Concerts and albums12: Shearing, Shakespeare and other compositions

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826460158
With:
Shipton, Alyn
Publisher:
Continuum
With:
Shipton, Alyn
With:
Shipton, Alyn L.
Author:
Shearing, George
Author:
Shipton, Alyn
Location:
New York
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Jazz
Subject:
Musical Instruments - Piano
Subject:
Pianists
Subject:
Jazz musicians
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Bayou Jazz Lives
Series Volume:
281.
Publication Date:
February 2004
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.12 x 6.36 x 1.09 in

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"Review" by , "Charming, smooth and flecked with insight....[A]t its best, Lullaby of Birdland represents an unapologetic individual perspective on jazz that is also broad enough to have an appeal beyond jazz fans."
"Review" by , "[A] pleasantly conversational autobiography....Suffused with warmth and good humor — Shearing remarks facetiously that he 'hates' Waller for the size of his hands (what pianist doesn't?) — this is recommended for larger jazz collections."
"Synopsis" by , Amusing and candid autobiography of blind jazz pianist George Shearing, who was at the centre of the New York jazz scene in its most vibrant era.
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Pianist 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 revolutionized 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. 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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