The George Shearing Quintet – Shearing On Stage! (1959)

Muro do Classic RockSir George Albert Shearing, British pianist (born Aug. 13, 1919, London, Eng.—died Feb. 14, 2011, New York, N.Y.), created a cool quintet sound that contrasted with the aggressive energy of bebop and made him a favourite modern-jazz artist. One of the many songs that he composed, “Lullaby of Birdland” (1952), written for New York City’s Birdland nightclub, became a jazz standard. Shearing, who was blind from birth, played with leading swing musicians and was already one of the most popular performers in British jazz when he first visited the U.S. in 1946. After he settled in the U.S. a year later, he formed a quintet that played themes in distinctive piano-vibes-guitar unisons.
The George Shearing Quintet recorded the single “September in the Rain” (1949) and a series of albums that became jazz hits, and they accompanied popular singers, including Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee, and Nat King Cole. From 1979 he performed principally as a piano soloist, although he was often accompanied by a bassist and sometimes worked with other performers, such as singer Mel Tormé and guitarist Jim Hall; on occasion he also played classical works. Shearing’s autobiography, Lullaby of Birdland, written with Alyn Shipton, was published in 2004. He was knighted in 2007. (by
And here´s a live recording from the Fifites:
A wonderful album, compromised only because it was recorded live, with the result that the audio is of less than studio quality. Shearing’s imitation of Errol Garner’s On The Street Where You Live is absolutely outstanding. (by Charles)


Percy Brice (drums)
Al McKibbon (bass)
Armando Perazo (percussion)
Emil Richards (vibraphone)
George Shearing (piano)
Jean “Toots” Thielemans (guitar, harmonica)



01. September In The Rain (Dubin/Warren) 3.38
02. On The Street Where You Live (Loewe-Lerner) 1.15
03. Roses Of Picardy (Weatherly/Wood) 3.00
04. Little Niles (Weston) 7.38
05. Caravan (Ellington/Mills/Tizol) 4.59
06. I’ll Remember April (Raye/de Paul/Johnston) 3.33
07. Little White Lies (Donaldson) 5.14
08. East Of The Sun (Bowman) 3.25
09. Nothing But The Best (Best)




Sir George Albert Shearing, OBE (13 August 1919 – 14 February 2011)


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