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George Wein Honored at WBGO’s Champions of Jazz Gala

George Wein (pictured), the Newport Jazz Festival mastermind who helped pioneer the use of sponsors at music events, will be honored with the Champions of Jazz Achievement Award by WBGO, Jazz 88.3 of Newark, N.J.

Wein will receive his award Nov. 2 at the Champions of Jazz Gala, an event held by WBGO to raise money for free jazz concerts in New Jersey and New York, free art exhibits and a partnership with Newark public schools to bring jazz artists and music into the classroom. Al Koeppe, CEO of the Newark Alliance and former president and CEO of Public Service Gas and Electric, the largest electric and gas company in New Jersey, will serve as chairman of the event.

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