Sunday, August 26, 2012

G.A. Shearing, J.S. Bach and “Autumn Leaves”

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During the 1980s, the late pianist-composer-bandleader, George Shearing [1919-2011] hosted and disc-jockeyed a Jazz program on WNEW-AM in New York City for 18 months.

Over the course of his two hour program each Sunday evening, Sir George [he was knighted for services to music in 2007] would often avail himself of a Baldwin-Hamilton spinet piano that was kept in the studio.

On it, he would play brief tunes and improvisations between spinning the discs.

Thanks to our correspondent in New York, the editorial staff at JazzProfiles has been able to develop the following Sound Cloud audio track of Sir George’s Bachian treatment of Autumn Leaves.

From one “George” to another, we thought it would be fun to share this light moment with you.