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jazz The Shearing Touch London 1994

London 1994

The Shearing Touch London 1994


Born blind in 1919 in Battersea, South London, Shearing was the ninth child of a coal worker and a train cleaner in a family with no musical background. Indeed, as presenter Melvyn Bragg argues at the start of this film, "nothing in his life gave any hint of what was to come," certainly not that he would share a platform with Louis Armstrong and compose some of the most bone fide jazz standards of all time, like the swooning "Lulluby of Birdland."

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  • George Shearing | Pianist
  • Melvyn Bragg | Presenter
  • Leonard Feather | Speaker , Pianist
  • Neil Swainson | Double bassist
  • Mel Torme | Singer
  • Ellie Shearing | Speaker
  • Cleo Laine | Singer
  • John Dankworth | Composer , Saxophonist


  • Directed by:
    • Jill Marshall
  • Venue: London (london, Great Britain)
  • Production date: 1994
  • Production: © LWT/ Paladin
  • Available version(s): FR, EN
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