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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Where are the George Shearing tributes?

I have been keeping an eye open for some sort of tribute programme to the late, great, Sir George Shearing. I do find it so sad that more coverage has not yet come to light.
Jazz greats such as Sir John Dankworth and Humph were quickly brought to recognition in TV and radio as a mark of respect and quite rightly so.
Even my own local newspaper which has a "Jazz notes" column every week failed to mention his passing.
Why? There must be huge footage of his lifelong work in concert and with all the greats that he worked with, so it's not as though this would take much preparation.
Anyway, such programmes need to be aired soon after the event, otherwise they simply lose their impetus.
Liz.

5 comments :

LondonJazz said...

Liz not what you're looking for, but Martin Chilton (son of John) did a nice tribute in the Telegraph

Lance said...

Jazz Record requests have just played George's version of It Could Happen To You and announced they are doing a tribute program soon so send in requests now.

Jude Murphy (via FB) said...

Couldn't agree more - seems like it's been completely under the radar. I suppose Humph, especially, had such a high media profile that he got lots of coverage. But it's George Shearing who we've just lost!

russell said...

Fullsome tributes were paid in The Guardian (Feb.15) and The Independent (Feb.16)

Russell

George Milburn said...

You will know him by his works! The way I got to know George Shearing was through playing his piano arrangements - the way he followed standard melodies with such inspired harmony, producing some of the most amazing chord progressions, yet without over-egging the pudding - a true understated genius! You may laugh but my favourite is, I'm in the Mood for Love - no, seriously!

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