A friend mentioned George Shearing to me the other evening. Shearing (1919-2011) was the British jazz pianist who wrote more than 300 compositions including the jazz standard, Lullaby of Birdland. Shearing spent many years in the U.S, collaborating with other great jazz and classical musicians.
This morning’s crisp autumn air reminds me of one of my all-time favorite tunes, Autumn Leaves. This wildly popular tune has been recorded by scores of 20th century musicians of all genres.
I adore this short clip of Shearing’s version, à la Bach!