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Producing a Jazz Festival Is Fun, But Never Easy

George Wein blogs about the past, present and future of the Newport Jazz Festival

I produced the first annual jazz festival in 1954 in Newport, Rhode Island and have been producing jazz festivals ever since-58 years.

At the beginning, and for many subsequent years, it was fun, never easy, but fun. It was as if one entered a Parisian patisserie or confiserie, and had his or her pick of the finest confectionary delights in the world.

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