Music: Sherbet-Cold

When young (27) British Pianist George Shearing went job-hunting two years ago on Manhattan's jazz-drenched 52nd Street, he had some impressive clippings to show. For six years he had been voted Britain's No. 1 jazz pianist. Like another successful British-born pianist, Alec Templeton, George had been sightless from birth. But at six he had begun music lessons at London's Linden Lodge School for the Blind, kept at the classics until he was 17, when he decided he could make his living at jazz.

He had started out touring with a blind men's band....

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