Carnegie Hall’s Shape of Jazz series takes the stage on October 18 under a slightly different name that honors one of the genre’s most famous impresarios. Now named the Joyce and George T. Wein Shape of Jazz, the series launches with a performance by teenaged pianist phenom Joey Alexander and his trio.
The series’ new namesake, George Wein, founded the Newport Jazz Festival in 1954. His Newport Folk Festival followed a few years later in 1959. Additionally, the 94-year-old promoter and accomplished pianist is a founding producer of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.