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Myself Among Others by George Wein and Nate Chinen

Two Jewish kids born a year apart nearly 80 years ago-one in Boston the other in Brooklyn-decided to make jazz their lives: one became an impresario, the other a maestro.

The impresario became a leading figure in jazz and popular music, forever changing the way it was heard by its audience. It was George Wein, who, borrowing from the idea of the summer venue for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood, invented the jazz festival. He thus created new listeners for jazz geniuses such as Duke Ellington, whose career was languishing when he made his famous Newport appearance in 1956. Suddenly, Ellington was back on top with his picture on the cover of Time magazine and the recording of his Newport concert became his biggest-selling album ever.

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