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George Wein Honored in New York

Last night the National Arts Club, a New York-based group that promotes public interest in the fine arts, gave a Special Medal of Honor to JVC Jazz Festival producer George Wein (pictured). Wein, who is generally recognized as the inventor of the modern music festival (he started it all with the Newport fest in 1954), accepted the award at a dinner held in his honor at the Club.

The medal was given to Wein on the occasion of the publication of his autobiography, Myself Among Others, which was written with help from frequent JazzTimes contributor Nate Chinen and released by Da Capo Press in early May.

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