George Shearing, the ebullient jazz pianist who wrote the standard Lullaby of Birdland and had a string of hits both with and without his quintet, has died. He was 91.
Shearing, blind since birth, died early Monday morning in Manhattan of congestive heart failure, his longtime manager Dale Sheets said.
“He was a totally one-of-a-kind performer,” said Sheets. “It was something wonderful to see, to watch him work.”