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Joyce Alexander Wein (born October 21, 1928 in Boston , Massachusetts , † August 15, 2005 in New York ) was an American music and festival manager and the co-founder of the Newport Folk Festival .


Joyce Wein was born in Boston in 1928, the sixth of seven children of Columbia and Hayes Alexander. Her mother was the youngest of thirteen children; two were born slaves. Joyce attended Simmons College when she was 15 . She graduated in chemistry at the age of 19. Her first employment took her to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and later to Columbia Medical School in New York .

In 1959 she married George Wein , a jazz impresario and founder of the Newport Jazz Festival , and founded the Newport Folk Festival with her husband in 1963 . Joyce and George Wein were also involved as organizers and co-initiators of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival , the Grande Parade Du Jazz in Nice and the Hampton Jazz Festival .

Joyce Wein was deeply committed to the African American people and culture and founded the New York Coalition of 100 Black Women . The Wein couple initiated the Professorship Fund in African-American Studies at Boston University and the Alexander Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at Simmons College in Boston. They were also both founders of The George and Joyce Wine Collection of African-American Art . Together with the couple Kenneth and Kathryn Chenault (the CEO of American Express) they organized an annual dinner for children in Harlem; this event has now raised $ 500,000.

Joyce Wein died of cancer at the age of 76 in New York's Presbyterian Hospital .

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