George Wein

George Wein
By Lester Levy
NEA Jazz Masters at IAJE
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Charles and Sue Graham Mingus watch Herbie Hancock perform
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Jimmy Carter and George Wein
By Karl Esch
George Wein
George Wein
By Jacques Lowe
Duke Ellington, Erroll Garner, and George Wein c/o George & Joyce Wein Collection
George Wein
By John Abbott
George Wein at 2010 CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival
By Ken Franckling
Old friends George Wein and Jon Faddis backstage at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival
By Jon Hammond
George Wein at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival
By Ben Johnson
George Wein and Andrew Gilbert during interview session at 2010 Monterey Jazz Festival
Performance by George Wein at 2010 Monterey Jazz Festival
By Stuart Brinin
Todd Barkan and George Wein at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola on October 24, 2010
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Famous as the founder of the Newport Jazz Festival in 1954 and for his work in producing a countless number of festivals and concerts, George Wein is also an underrated swing pianist. Born in Boston in 1925, Wein started pursuing a career in medicine because his father was an important doctor, but music took over. Wein was classically trained as a pianist but much more attracted to jazz. His playing has always been influenced by Earl Hines, Fats Waller and Teddy Wilson. Wein was doing fine as a pianist, mostly performing in the Boston area, when he started booking jazz bands into the Savoy nightclub. In 1950 he operated the Storyville night club in Boston, which was located in the Copley Square Hotel. For the next decade he booked all styles of jazz into the now-legendary club and his work as a booking agent overshadowed his piano playing. After starting the Newport Jazz Festival with the Lorillard family, Wein founded Festival Productions and became a very important force in booking festivals and concerts, working on over 1,000 events. While often only playing part-time, Wein enjoyed leading the Newport All-Stars, an all-star group that played Dixieland and swing that in the early 1960s featured clarinetist Pee Wee Russell, tenor-saxophonist Bud Freeman and cornetist Ruby Braff. Later versions of the group included Red Norvo, Joe Venuti, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Clark Terry, Illinois Jacquet and Flip Phillips among the sidemen. Wein recorded as a pianist and vocalist for Atlantic in the mid-1950s and has recorded with the Newport All Stars for Smash, Impulse, Columbia, Atlantic, MPS, Concord and Columbia. He remains an enthusiastic and swinging performer. His autobiography, Myself Among Others: A Memoir, is full of colorful anecdotes.


Articles on George Wein

12/11/14    News    By JazzTimes

NOLA Jazz & Heritage Foundation Opens Heritage Center

10/16/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

George Wein Awarded New Englander of the Year

10/13/13    In Person    By Lee Mergner

Michel Camilo on George Wein & the Newport Jazz Festival

05/07/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Jazz & Heritage Center to be Named for George & Joyce Wein

11/30/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

George Wein to Play Feinstein’s in NYC Sunday

11/15/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Louis Armstrong House Museum Announces 2nd Annual Gala

05/14/12    Features    By George Wein

The Photography of George Wein

04/30/12    Jazz a la Mode    By Tom Reney

Duke Ellington & George Wein: Civilizing New Orleans

11/17/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Announces Grant to Newport Festivals Foundation

11/09/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

George Wein Wins Arts Presenters Award

10/22/10    News    By Lee Mergner

George Wein Celebrates 85th Birthday at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola

09/23/10    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Monterey Jazz Festival: Trans-Generational Ultra-Hang

09/22/10    Photos    By Stuart Brinin

Monterey Jazz Festival 2010

11/19/09    News    By Lee Mergner

George Wein Announces 2010 Dates for CareFusion New York Jazz Festival

October 2009    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

Newport's Patron Saint: George Wein

09/30/09    News    By Lee Mergner

Conversation with George Wein at MoMA

03/13/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Montréal Jazz Festival Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

December 2008    The Archivist    By Scott Yanow

Jonah Jones at the Embers
Jonah Jones

December 2006    News    By Kirk Silsbee

Goin' to Kansas City

December 2003    Books    By Jeff Waggoner

Myself Among Others
George Wein and Nate Chinen

June 2003    Features    By Nate Chinen

George Wein: A Great Day in Washington

03/23/03    Concerts    By Ira Gitler

Marian McPartland's 85th Birthday Celebration

06/27/02    Concerts    By Ira Gitler

"Happy Birthday, Gentleman John" - A Birthday Salute to John Bunch

May 2001    At Home    By Jacques Lowe

George Wein

May 2001    Final Chorus    By Nat Hentoff

George Wein a Life in, and for, Jazz

December 1997    Features    By Bret Primack

Jazz 2010: What Does the Future Hold?


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