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Don Shirley

Biography

Pianist, composer, and arranger Don Shirley was created in Kingston, Jamaica, about January 29, 1927. He started playing piano at age group two and seven years later on had created his skills therefore quickly, he was learning theory in the renowned Leningrad Conservatory of Music. Shirley produced his concert debut using the Boston Pops in 1945, as the pursuing yr the London Philharmonic Orchestra performed one of is own first main compositions. Within the ensuing years between 1954 and 1968, Shirley performed like a soloist so when an associate of many symphonies, like the Boston Pops, Detroit Symphony, Chicago Symphony, as well as the Country wide Symphony Orchestra of Washington. Shirley also made up several body organ symphonies, a piano concerto, two string quartets, and several items for piano. His musical vocabulary also encompassed tastefully perfected combinations of specifications, show music, ballads, spirituals, and jazz performed along with his personal trio. Extremely, Shirley also discovered time between carrying out and recording to secure a doctorate of Music, Mindset, and Liturgical Arts. Through the entire ’50s and ’60s, Shirley released several albums within the Cadence label. In 1999, Collectables started reissuing some of those albums as two-for-one models.

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Full Name Don Shirley
Date Of Birth January 29, 1927
Died April 6, 2013, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Musician
Nationality American
Music Songs Water Boy, This Nearly Was Mine, Drown in My Own Tears, Freedom / I'm on My Way, The Hammer Song, Adieu Madraz, Happy Talk, Glory Burdens Down Lord, I'm in the Mood for Love, Medley from 'New Faces', When Your Lover Has Gone, Carry Me Back To Old Virginny, By Myself / I Know Where I'm Going, In-A My Soul, My Lord It’s So High, What Is There to Say, Dites Moi, Blues For Basses, Where's My Bess, Just for a Thrill, I Remember April, I Had Myself A True Love, Something to Remember You By, I'll Drown in My Tears, The Lonesome Road, Gershwin Medley, Dream of a Time, Willow Weep, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free, Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross, No Two People, Anytime, Any Day, Anywhere
Albums Piano Perspectives, Pianist Extraordinary, Tonal Expressions, Don Shirley's Best, Don Shirley, Piano Arrangements of Famous Spirituals, The Gospel According to Don Shirley, Plays Love Songs / Don Shirley Trio, The Don Shirley Point Of View, Don Shirley Solos, The Ultimate Piano Jazz Collection, The Very Best of Don Shirley (The Jazz Piano Legend), Makin' Whoopee, An Improvistion Based On The Story Of 'Orpheus In The Underworld', Bewitched, Drown In My Own Tears, Improvisations By The Don Shirley Duo, I Let A Song, Piano Artistry, A Gershwin Songbook, Don Shirley Plays Gerswhin


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Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 9th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1982 TV Special scenic designer
The Joan Rivers Show 1968 TV Series scenic designer - 2 episodes
Once Upon a Christmas Time 1959 TV Movie scenic designer
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1959 TV Series scenery designer - 1 episode
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1958 TV Series set designer - 1 episode
Texaco Star Theatre TV Series scene designer - 3 episodes, 1953 - 1954 scenic designer - 1 episode, 1954 scenic design - 1 episode, 1954

Art Director

Art Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Johnny Cash and the Country Girls 1981 TV Movie as Don Shirley Jr.
Johnny Cash Christmas 1979 TV Movie as Don Shirley Jr.
The 33rd Annual Tony Awards 1979 TV Special
The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1977 TV Movie as Don Shirley Jr.
Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1976 TV Movie as Don Shirley Jr.
Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey: On Broadway 1969 TV Movie as Don Shirley Jr.

Production Designer

Production Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sing Along with Mitch 1963 TV Series 1 episode

Set Decorator

Set Decorator

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Three on a Match 1971 TV Series as Don Shirley Jr.

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Peter Pan 1960 TV Special additional scenery - as Don Shirley Jr.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Any Area of Creative Technical Crafts - Art Direction/Scenic Design/Set Decoration The 9th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (1982)
1958 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Art Direction The Perry Como Show (1948)
1957 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Art Direction - One Hour or More The Perry Como Show (1948)
1956 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Art Direction - Live Series The Perry Como Show (1948)


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