NEW YORK, N.Y. (CBS) – Death has claimed one of the giants of the jazz music field.

George Shearing — born blind in London to working-class parents, the youngest of nine children — learned piano at the age of three.

Influenced by the albums of Teddy Wilson and Fats Waller, he emigrated to the United States in 1947, where his complex style of swing, bop, and the classics created a string of hits with the likes of Nat King Cole and Peggy Lee.

Shearing passed away in New York of congestive heart failure at the age of 91.

Reported by Bob Nelson, KYW Newsradio 1060.


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