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Never-to-retire pianist plays Tuesday in S.L.

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Pianist George Shearing has said he "will never retire." And keeping his word, Shearing will return to play the Salt Lake Hilton Hotel Seasons ballroom on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Showtime is 8 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Holladay Pharmacy, 4690 Holladay Blvd., for $20.Shearing, whose most recent visit to Salt Lake City was a year ago in April, once made regular stops in the capital city at the former Hotel Utah, now the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

The piano man cut his musical teeth playing in clubs around New York, and he got his big break playing intermission spots during Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan concerts.

Blind since birth, Shearing studied classical piano at a school for the blind and learned jazz by listening to records.

"I play mostly by ear," Shearing has joked in the past.

He turned down music scholarships so he could get some real training in nightclubs. He has played with Nat King Cole, Charlie Parker, Harry Parry and Stephane Grappelli.

Shearing's various awards include two Grammys, an honorary doctorate from Salt Lake City's Westminster College and the Horatio Alger Award. He is also a member of the Order of the British Empire.