The Shearing Touch

London 1994

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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

Program notes

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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Directed by:
Jill Marshall
Venue: London (london, Great Britain)
Production date: 1994
Duration: 49 min
Production: © LWT/ Paladin
Resolution: Full HD