The celebrated piano jazz of Sir George Shearing who died last week at age 91 will be the dominant factor of this Sunday (February 27) Riffin show aired weekly between 4-6 PM ET on University of the West Indies (UWI) radio, News Talk 93FM.
Riffin is hosted by renowned, Washington DC based musicologist Dermot Hussey.
British born Shearing, who overcame blindness, died Monday (Feb 14), was a self-taught musician who became not only a great jazz pianist but also one of the 20th century most successful musicians.
In a career spent almost entirely in the US from where he won worldwide fame and fortune, Sir George Shearing ultimately received knighthood from England's Queen Elizabeth for a lifetime of elegant jazz.
He will always be associated first and foremost with his composition Lullaby of Birdland, a piece he wrote 1952 about the jazz scene on 52nd Street in New York City. It was very quickly covered by jazz stars of all styles.
Dermot Hussey's Riffin, which is streamed live at newstalk93fm.com, will this Sunday also feature Grammy's Best New Artist, Esperanza Spalding, winners of the Best Instrumental Jazz Album, The Clayton Brothers, and vocalists George Porter and Kurt Elling.
This story appears courtesy of JamaicaMusic Offbeat.
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