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The Joyce and George T. Wein Shape of Jazz Series starts October 18

Founding producer George Wein at the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

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.

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