George Wein Death – Obituary News:George Wein, visionary and pioneer of the modern festival, has died at 95.
We are sad to report that George Wein, visionary and pioneer of the modern festival, has died at 95, according to the following statements posted on social media on September 13. 2021.
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The great George Wein, visionary and pioneer of the modern festival, has died at 95. Learn more about his life and deep influence in New Orleans, including the founding of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, at https://www.wwoz.org/blog/680981. He will be deeply missed by the music community in New Orleans and worldwide. Photo at Jazz Fest 2016 by Kichea S. Burt. 323323 25 Comments 123 Shares Like Comment Share
George Wein (October 3, 1925 – Sept 13, 2021) was an American jazz promoter, pianist, and manufacturer.
He was the creator of the Newport Jazz Celebration, which is kept every summer months in Newport, Rhode Island. He also co-founded the Newport Folk Celebration with Peter Seeger and Theodore Bikel and was instrumental in the founding of the brand new Orleans Jazz and Traditions Festival.
The kid of Jewish parents,Wein was created in Lynn, Massachusetts, and was raised in close by Newton. He was a jazz pianist in his youngsters. He graduated from Newton SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL and went to Boston School, where he led a little group which performed skillfully around Boston.
After portion in the U.S. Military during World Battle II, he graduated from Boston University’s University of Liberal Arts in 1950. Through the same calendar year, he opened up the Storyville jazz membership and set up the Storyville record label. He also started to instruct a course at Boston School on the annals of jazz.
In 1954, Louis and Elaine Lorillard asked Wein to arrange a celebration in their hometown of Newport, Rhode Island, with financing to be provided by them; the celebration was the first outdoor jazz celebration in the United State governments and became an annual custom in Newport.
Wein was eventually instrumental in the founding of lots of celebrations in other metropolitan areas, like the New Orleans Jazz & Traditions Celebration and the Playboy Jazz Celebration in LA, and set up the Newport Folk Celebration. In the 1960s he create Festival Productions, an organization focused on promoting large-scale jazz occasions.
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The great George Wein, visionary and pioneer of the modern festival, has died at 95. Learn more about his life and deep influence in New Orleans, including the founding of @JazzFest, at https://t.co/uIRrpZAzXe.
📷 at Jazz Fest 2016 by Kichea S. Burt pic.twitter.com/LjqE2SZKBE
— WWOZ 90.7 FM (@wwoz_neworleans) September 13, 2021
The Louis Armstrong House Museum is sad to hear that legendary impresario George Wein has passed away at the age of 95. An Armstrong fan from the beginning, he booked the trumpeter at his Boston nightclub Storyville in the early 1950s and regularly featured him at the Newport Jazz Festival for years to come. In May 1970, Wein visited Armstrong in the studio as he recorded “Louis Armstrong and His Friends.” Louis himself saw this photo, cut it out, and turned it into one of his final reel-to-reel tape box collages. In recent years, Wein was a member of the Board of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation and was a regular supporter of the Louis Armstrong House Museum, including serving as a honoree at our 2012 Gala. He will be missed tremendously but his legacy will last forever.
Cricket Bell wrote
I first saw George at Carnegie Hall with the Newport Jazz Allstars. It was the Memorial for Louis Armstrong in the 70’s. Little did I know he would be my “boss of bosses” a few years later. Rest in Paradise George. Am sure you will know every musician there. Sincerely, Vicky Bell
It is with a heavy heart that I acknowledge the departure of my dear friend George Wein. The significance of our friendship came somewhat later in life, but for the last 20 + years he has been a steadfast friend, ally and inspiration. He leaves a legacy with us that was built with constant and strong conviction about the equality of humankind and of a deep, deep love for our indigenous art form. Now in flight, he will be met in the skies by the pantheon of greats he worked with over so many decades. Om peace, peace, peace
NOT AN OBITUARY .