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October 16, 2017

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March 17, 2011
I loved the wonderful playing of George Shearing so very much. For me he was a tue hero for the past fifty years. I first heard his playing when my father played a recording for me when I was about twelve years of age. From that time on He was my hero. I first saw and meant him at Baker keyboard jazz club around 1963. Every time he was anywhere near Detroit I would go to see him perform. I meant him a few times and he could not have been nicer to me. I loved the man and will always miss him. he was the best.
March 17, 2011
I first heard George in 1950 when I was a student at the Morningside College Conservatory of Music in Sioux City, Iowa. His recording of "September in the Rain" was on the juke box in a local cafe. I fell in love with the sound and played it constantly, NEVER dreaming that nine years later I would be performing and recording with him. Thanks to a Jay McAllister recommendation, I was the tuba player in the Shearing Satin Brass group. We performed first at Basin Street East in NYC with "Cannonball" and Nat Adderley as featured soloists. Later, we did the Newport Jazz Festival Tour, followed by an engagement at the Red Hill Inn outside of Philadelphia, and then recorded the Satin Brass album. Working with George was the highlight of my career, and I will always be grateful for having the opportunity to work with such a wonderful musician and person. George, "thanks for the memories!" Zean Zurcher, Tuba
March 9, 2011
When I was about 14 years old in 1957, my father purchased my first George Shearing piano book from the local music store in Keene, NH and gave it to me. As the months went by, I bought all of that series of his books and I loved to try and play the arrangements. Later through the years I was able to learn the pieces within those wonderful books much better. I bought others' books of music but his were my "first love" and always will be. It was a big thrill to sit on the second row of beautiful Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City while George was on his 80th birthday concert tour. I was in heaven! Thanks, George, for enriching my life and the style of my piano playing. For me you will always be on a pedestal.
February 24, 2011
Goodbye George. We loved your singing also. It was spiritual, emotional and authentic. miles burke Indio CA
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