Anglo-American jazz pianist Sir George Shearing, best known for his song Lullaby of Birdland, has died in New York aged 91 of heart failure. Blind from birth, he began his career in London before moving to the US in 1947 and becoming one of the best known jazz pianists of the post-war era. Made an OBE in 1996 and knighted in 2007, he was renowned for his unusual "locked hands" style of playing. Pianist Dave Brubeck said he had lost "a dear friend".
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