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George Wein

George Wein is the man who is arguably the father of the jazz festivals movement. Though he is known first and foremost for his long career as a jazz producer and impresario, George Wein is also a jazz musician. Though his far-flung activities have not afforded him a full-fledged career as a performer and recording artist, he has long been an active pianist in a swing/proto-bebop mode, making tours with his own all star bands. But it is as festival pioneer, producer, and all-around impresario that George Wein has made his principle mark. His company, Festival Productions Inc., has produced jazz festivals and concerts around the globe.

Wein first studied music with the noted Margaret Chaloff in Boston, later falling under the tutelage of Teddy Wilson at Julliard. Besides prepping as a pianist, George Wein had other ideas. He opened his first jazz club, Storyville, in Boston in 1950. One night he was approached by some wealthy residents of the resort town of Newport, R.I., who had eyes to fill what they saw as a cultural void during the summer months in their adopted community. Wein was keenly interested in the possibilities and was engaged as the producer of the first Newport Jazz Festival, established in 1954. The idea of staging a major jazz event with multiple acts on consecutive days had never quite coalesced the way the Newport Jazz Festival did it, and Wein was off and running.

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January 20, 2016

George Wein Announces Lineup For 2016 Newport Jazz Festival

May 19, 2015

George Wein Brings Storyville To Newport Jazz Festival

May 13, 2015

George Wein to Receive Honorary Doctorate at Boston University...

March 26, 2015

Berklee Honors Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest Producer Luis Alvarez With...

March 04, 2015

Fred Taylor To Receive george Wein Impresario Award from Berklee...

February 09, 2015

Grammy Celebration Continues For George Wein & Festival Artists

January 13, 2015

George Wein Announces Lineup For 2015 Newport Jazz Festival

December 19, 2014

George Wein Honored With The Recording Academy Trustees Award

September 30, 2013

George Wein: 88 And Counting!

September 18, 2013

George Wein: The Life Of A Legend - October 3 & 4, 7pm, The Allen Room

January 04, 2013

A Message From George Wein | Artistshare Partners With The Newport Jazz...

November 27, 2012

George Wein Performs At Feinstein's / Named Honoree At Lahm

August 16, 2012

George Wein Announces 2013 Dates For Newport Folk And Jazz Festivals

July 25, 2012

Newport Jazz Festival 2012: A Celebration of Diversity

July 02, 2012

George Wein & Newport All-stars Perform At Scullers July 21

March 13, 2012

George Wein Announces Line-up for 2012 Newport Jazz Festival presented...

November 30, 2011

Carnegie Hall & Joyce/George Wein Foundation Present Ambrose Akinmusire...

July 30, 2011

George Wein’s Foundation Already Set for Newport Festivals in 2012

July 30, 2011

Award Winning Jazz Artist Michelle Cruz to join "George Wein and...

July 14, 2011

Award Winning Jazz artist Michelle Cruz to join "George Wein and...

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