George Wein Receives Annual Highlights in Jazz Award

Newport Jazz Festival founder accepts award in NYC

George Wein
George Wein (l.) receives Highlights in Jazz award from Jack Kleinsinger, May 2013

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Promoter George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, was given the annual Highlights in Jazz award yesterday (May 10) at Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York. Highlights in Jazz producer Jack Kleinsinger presented Wein with the award.

Highlights in Jazz has honored a living jazz legend annually since 1974 for their “matchless musical achievements.” Previous honorees have included Lionel Hampton, Roy Eldridge, Frank Wess, Roy Haynes, Maxine Sullivan, Hank Jones, Sonny Fortune and Dr. Billy Taylor.

Kleinsinger, a former assistant attorney general for the State of New York, has been presenting jazz concerts continuously since 1973.