George Wein

George’s Contributions


March 2013    Farewells

George Wein Remembers Dave Brubeck

Dec. 6, 1920-Dec. 5, 2012


05/14/12    Features

The Photography of George Wein

Behind the Scenes, Behind the Lens

03/13/12    Key of G

Producing a Jazz Festival Is Fun, But Never Easy

George Wein blogs about the past, present and future of the Newport Jazz Festival


04/05/10    Key of G

The Clubs Next Door

George Wein Takes a Timeless Voyage through the Mystique & Romance of Jazz


03/10/10    Key of G

Here's to the Ladies

Impresario George Wein blogs about how jazz women have become a big part of his festivals


02/25/10    Key of G

George Wein on the New York Scene and the Upcoming Festival

The impresario blogs about a recent (and rare) trip to Brooklyn to check out one of the younger bands scheduled to perform at CareFusion Jazz Festival New York


02/03/10    Key of G

The Return of a Jazz Festival to NYC

In a new blog/column, impresario George Wein explains how and why he resurrected a festival in NYC

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About George Wein

Jazz Impresario George Wein is considered to be as much a legend as his festivals. Through his company (now called New Festival Productions, LLC), he has spearheaded hundreds of music events annually since 1954 when he produced the first Newport Jazz Festival – an event that started the festival era. Five years later, Wein and folk icon Pete Seeger founded the Newport Folk Festival where the two music giants celebrated 50 years of folk with 15,000 fans in August 2009.

At 84, Wein has as much creative fuel as he did when he started the Newport festivals and advanced the concept of live music. He pioneered the idea of sponsor association with music events, beginning with The Schlitz Salute to Jazz and the Kool Jazz Festival. His company went on to produce titled events for JVC, Mellon Bank, Verizon, Essence, Ben & Jerry’s and others. He continues that tradition with the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival and CareFusion Jazz Festival New York.

As a result of his diverse contributions to jazz and world culture, Wein has been honored by heads of state, educational institutions and leading publications. In 2005, he was recognized with a Jazz Masters award as Jazz Advocate by the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, honors and awards have been bestowed upon him by Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, the governments of France and Chile, AARP, the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York Urban League, National Music Council, Pratt Institute, DownBeat magazine, The Jewish Advocate, Saint Peter's Jazz Ministry, WBGO/Jazz 88, Symphony Space and other organizations around the world. Mr. Wein was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame for his contributions to the musical heritage of the State of Rhode Island. He is a member of the Collegium of Distinguished Alumni of Boston University and is the recipient of the Centennial Medallion Citation from the Hampton Institute as well as honorary degrees from the Berklee College of Music, Rhode Island College of Music, Five Towns College and North Carolina Central. Mr. Wein is a lifetime Honorary Trustee of Carnegie Hall and a member of the Board of Trustees at Jazz @ Lincoln Center.

Mr. Wein’s autobiography, Myself Among Others: A Life in Music (Da Capo Press), which chronicles his life in jazz, was recognized by the Jazz Journalists Association as 2004’s best book about jazz. The Jazz Journalists also named Wein Events Producer of the Year in 2009. In addition to his life in jazz, Mr. Wein has a long history of involvement with philanthropy and the arts, including the establishment of the Joyce and George Wein Chair of African American Studies at Boston University and the Alexander Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at Simmons College.

George Wein joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 01, 2010