George Wein

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George Wein, 2009

George Theodore Wein (born October 3, 1925 in Boston , Massachusetts ) is an American jazz musician and impresario .


Wein studied piano with Margarett Chaloff, Sam Sax and Teddy Wilson and began earning his living with jazz music at a young age. In 1946 he worked with Max Kaminsky , in 1947 with Edmond Hall , 1948 with Wild Bill Davison , then with Jimmy McPartland , Bobby Hackett , Jo Jones , Vic Dickenson and others.

In 1950 he opened his first club in Boston, Storyville . Under the same name he ran his own record label Storyville until 1965. Since 1954 he organized the Newport Jazz Festival . Over time, he and his wife Joyce Wein initiated other major festivals such as the Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice , the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl , the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fair, and the Boston Globe Jazz Festival . From 1964 he was involved in the organization of the Berlin Jazz Days with Ralf Schulte-Bahrenberg and Joachim Ernst Berendt . In addition, Wein continued to make music and taught jazz in his hometown of Boston. In 1959 he visited Europe with an All Star group. In 2007 he sold the rights to the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival to the Festival Network LLC under the direction of Chris Shields, which continued the festivals with a changed concept.

George Wein received numerous awards for his contributions to jazz. In 2005 he was honored with the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship . In 2011 he received the Bruce Lundvall Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival.


  • Wein, Women And Song (1955)
  • The Magic Horn Of George Wein (1956)
  • George Wein & The Storyville Sextet - Jazz At The Modern (1960)
  • George Wein & The Newport All-Stars (1963)
  • George Wein Is Alive And Well In Mexico (1967)
  • George Wein's Newport All-Stars (1969)
  • Tribute To Duke (1969)
  • The Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars (1984)
  • European Tour (1987)
  • Red Norvo: Swing That Music (Affinity, 1993)
  • Pee Wee Russell: We're In The Money (Black Lion, 1953-54)


  • George Wein, with Nate Chinen: Myself Among Others: A Life In Music , da Capo Press, 2004, ISBN 0-306-81352-1 (autobiography)

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