An Evening of Conversation and Jazz: GEORGE WEIN & THE NEWPORT ALL-STARS
Sep 20-Sep 21, 2010
George Wein-piano, Ken Peplowski-clarinet, Howard Alden-guitar, John Wiitala-bass, Vince Lateano-drums
8PM shows: $28
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Jazz Impresario George Wein is considered to be as much a legend as his festivals. Through his company (now called New Festival Productions, LLC), he has spearheaded hundreds of music events annually since 1954 when he produced the first Newport Jazz Festival – an event that started the festival era. Five years later, Wein and folk icon Pete Seeger founded the Newport Folk Festival where the two music giants celebrated 50 years of folk with 15,000 fans in August 2009.
At 84, Wein has as much creative fuel as he did when he started the Newport festivals and advanced the concept of live music. He pioneered the idea of sponsor association with music events, beginning with The Schlitz Salute to Jazz and the Kool Jazz Festival. His company went on to produce titled events for JVC, Mellon Bank, Verizon, Essence, Ben & Jerry’s and others. He continues that tradition with the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival and CareFusion Jazz Festival New York.
As a result of his diverse contributions to jazz and world culture, Wein has been honored by heads of state, educational institutions and leading publications. In 2005, he was recognized with a Jazz Masters award as Jazz Advocate by the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, honors and awards have been bestowed upon him by Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, the governments of France and Chile, AARP, the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York Urban League, National Music Council, Pratt Institute, DownBeat magazine, The Jewish Advocate, Saint Peter's Jazz Ministry, WBGO/Jazz 88, Symphony Space and other organizations around the world.
Added by Yoshis on August 20, 2010