Today, 13 August 2019, marks the centenary of the birth of one of the greats: George Shearing.
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LINK: Alyn Shipton’s tribute at the unveiling of a plaque to George Shearing at Northcote Lodge School in 2017 – the piece has other links.
those blocked chords made a difference to my life.
I met George in 1956 when I was dating his bandboy Al Ganci who was a close friend of Emil Richards the vibist for Shearing. Very memorable was the night at Carnegie Hall George had Toots Theilimans on Harmonica. He brought down the house with a pantomime version doing Elvis while tooting that harmonica. George knew people walk and or/perfume smell. You could walk in the room and he would know who it was! Amazing wonderful talented man.