It was with great sadness that I heard on the radio that the great Jazz pianist George Shearing had died today. I first met George in the lobby of a hotel in St Louis, Missouri. We had an evening off, and I was standing with Al studying the menu of the hotel’s restaurant. Suddenly three people (two men and a woman) were standing right behind us singing a version of Thomas Morley’s Now is the Month of Maying. It was George, with his wife Ellie, and his bass player, Neil Swanson, and I must say it was quite unlike any other performance of Morley’s madrigal I have heard.
Written by David Hurley, February 2011.
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