Anglo-American jazzman Shearing dead at 91

14th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

British-born jazz pianist and composer George Shearing, known for his "Lullaby of Birdland" that paid tribute to Charlie Parker, died Monday, his agent said.

Manager Dale Sheets said Shearing "passed away in New York this morning at 1:05 am of congestive heart failure." He was 91.

Shearing, who was blind from birth, emigrated to the United States in 1947 and formed a jazz quintet that recorded numerous hits.

Shearing wrote hundreds of jazz songs, but was perhaps best known for his 1952 "Lullaby of Birdland" in homage to saxophone legend Charlie "Bird" Parker.

The British-American Shearing continued to perform into his eighties and won two Grammy awards. He also was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

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