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The Photography of George Wein

Behind the Scenes, Behind the Lens

John Coltrane, Newport, circa 1966 (photo: George Wein)
John Coltrane, Newport, circa 1966 (photo: George Wein)
George Wein
Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, Newport 1966
Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard, Newport, circa 1969
Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk, Europe, early '70s
Cannonball and Nat Adderley, on tour in Mexico
Count Basie on tour in Asia
Gerry Mulligan, Dave Brubeck and Brubeck's wife Iola, Mexico 1967
Olympia Brass Band, New Orleans 1970
Jaki Byard
Miles Davis, circa 1965
Performance by George Wein at 2010 Monterey Jazz Festival

I’m not a photographer,” says George Wein. “I got some good shots but I was just a tourist.”

Some tourist. As the founder and, still today, producer of the Newport Jazz Festival, Wein has had unprecedented access to virtually all of the jazz greats of the past half-century. Although he never photographed his own festivals-“I had other people who did that”-Wein often traveled with the musicians and spent time with them away from the stage, clicking away.

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