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OPINION/SPARE CHANGE: George Wein's impact on music cannot be overstated

There's so much I will miss about George ... the doctor's son from Newton, Mass.        [Author: Newport Daily News]
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George Wein, whose Newport Jazz Festival inspired modern music festivals, dies at 95

George Wein, founder of the famous Newport Jazz Festival and a skilled pianist, has died at 95. He's credited with creating the concept of modern music festivals.
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George Wein, Who Invented The Outdoor Popular Music Festival As We Know It, Dead At 95

His Newport Jazz Festival, founded in 1954 and packed with major stars from the beginning, was the template for everything from Woodstock to Lollapalooza to Coachella. Wein himself started dozens of other events, including the Newport Folk Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. – The Washington Post
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George Wein, Who Led Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals from the 1950s Forward, Dies at 95

George Wein, who set the standard for what outdoor music gatherings would become with his leadership of the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals from the 1950s into the 21st century, died Monday at his home in New York City. He was 95. Wein produced the first Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island in 1954 and […]
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George Wein, longtime producer of Newport Folk and Jazz festivals, dies at 95

"We have all lost a giant champion of jazz, art, philanthropy, and equality. There will never be another like him."        [Author: Newport Daily News]
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George Wein, Newport Jazz Festival Co-Founder, Dies at 95

George Wein, one of the great impresarios of 20th century music who helped found the Newport jazz and folk festivals and set the template for gatherings everywhere from Woodstock to the south of France, has died at 95.
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Much of what I read about Billie Holiday strikes me as morbidly unhealthy: the fascination with her drug addiction, her abusive men.  I can’t pretend that those aspects of her life did not exist, but I was thrilled to ask … Continue reading →
Tags: Wow, Bliss, Jazz, Tommy Flanagan, Chuck Israels, George Wein, Storyville, Benny Goodman, Generosities, It's All True, Jazz Titans, The Heroes Among Us, The Real Thing, The Things We Love, Jazz Lives, Michael Steinman


Those of you who get excited by genuine paper ephemera (as opposed to this, which is not even a careful forgery) will have noticed my recent posting with many signatures of jazz greats here.  After I had posted my elaborate cornucopia … Continue reading →
Tags: Ebay, Bliss, Jazz, Tommy Flanagan, Philip Larkin, George Wein, Milt Hinton, Jo Jones, Louis Prima, Coleman Hawkins, Generosities, It's All True, Jazz Titans, The Real Thing, The Things We Love, Jazz Lives

Gary Burton on Brad McCuen

Yesterday, I posted on Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Paul Gonsalves's 1968 album Love Calls. I noted that the recording along with two other RCA gems by Davis in the late 1960s were produced by Brad McCuen. Then I provided some bio information about McCuen and mentioned that he had produced eight of vibist Gary Burton's superb albums from that same period. The list includes Duster, a groundbreaking album from 1966. After my post went up, I received an email from Gary: "Marc, you struck a nostalgic ...
Tags: Atlantic, Davis, Jazz, Elvis Presley, Nashville, Sam, Barber, Joe, Rca Records, Time Machine, Mozart, Gary, George, Rachmaninoff, Jim, Brad

A Fan’s Notes: Newport Jazz Festival 2018

To view individual photos or a slideshow, click below. All photos ©2018 Nikki Vee. [See image gallery at] Louis Armstrong once famously said, and I paraphrase, that all music is folk music because all music is made by folk. The 2018 Newport Jazz Festival, presented by Natixis Investment Managers, apparently set out to determine whether all music is jazz too. The weekend’s offerings as chosen by Artistic Director Christian McBride were wildly diverse and wildly successful in blurrin...
Tags: Music, Smith, Louis Armstrong, Havana, James, Clinton, Ken Shane, Gregory Porter, Jose James, Woodstock, A Fan's Notes, Ventura, Laurie Anderson, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Porter, Lloyd

2018 JJA Jazz Awards Party

Yesterday afternoon, the Jazz Journalists Association's 2018 Jazz Awards ceremony was held at New York's New School. During the event, the acrylic statues were handed out to the winners, speeches were given and jazz performers entertained. The award above is as much yours as it is mine. Without you—JazzWax's loyal readers—this blog would have fizzled out years ago. I deeply appreciate all of my readers and social-media followers—people in every corner of the world who love jazz and enjoy visiti...
Tags: New York, New York Times, New Jersey, Jazz, Jaguar, Npr, Newark, Greenwich Village, Tony Bennett, Nate, Howard Mandel, George Wein, David Rose, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Marc Myers, JazzWax


  To get us in the proper mood, here are Ruby Braff and Dick Hyman investigating Benny Carter’s ONCE UPON A TIME, a performance that has its light-hearted moments and a very touching ending: and why stop with one performance … Continue reading →
Tags: Wow, Bliss, Jazz, John Hammond, Count Basie, Dick Hyman, George Wein, Storyville, Fats Waller, Generosities, It's All True, Jazz Titans, The Heroes Among Us, The Real Thing, The Things We Love, Jazz Lives

Bob Jones Recalls Dylan’s Electric Newport Night and Thelonious Monk’s Baroness

If there’s a “Zelig” of American music, it might be Bob Jones. Originally an aspiring young folk singer from Massachusetts, Jones began working with the legendary producer George Wein in 1959 as a volunteer at the first Newport Folk Festival. Over the next six decades, he became an invaluable member of the Festival Productions team, […]
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CHANGES: Atlantic Adds President • Bianco Re-ups w/Interscope • Live Nation Gets A Bot • Rocket Man Adds Rag 'n Bone Man • More

Grammy Award-winning executive Kevin Weaver has been promoted to the newly created post of President, Atlantic Records, West Coast. Weaver, who has been with Atlantic for over two decades, has spearheaded the label’s success in the soundtrack, sync, and visual media.  • Interscope, Geffen A&M has extended its deal with successful producer, songwriter, musician and label head, Benny Blanco, which will keep his imprints Mad Love Records and Friends Keep Secrets at the label group well into ...
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Our good fortune continues.  “Tell us a story, Dan?” we ask, and he kindly obliges.  And his stories have the virtue of being candid, genuine, and they are never to show himself off.  A rare fellow, that Mister Morgenstern is. … Continue reading →
Tags: Bliss, Jazz, Stan Getz, Dan, Nat Hentoff, Martin Williams, George Wein, Morgenstern, Mary Russell, Bob Wright, Louis Prima, Whitney Balliett, Frank Teschemacher, Art Tatum, Generosities, It's All True


There are musicians, and there are people who make the music possible: record producers, archivists, concert promoters, club owners, managers, and more. Think of George Wein, Norman Granz, Milt Gabler, Jerry Newman, (even) Joe Glaser, George Avakian, Bill Savory, the … Continue reading →
Tags: Wow, Bliss, Jazz, Seattle, Joe Glaser, George Wein, Generosities, Hotter Than That, It's All True, Jazz Titans, The Heroes Among Us, The Real Thing, The Things We Love, Jazz Lives, Michael Steinman, Ideal Places


At an age when most of us are playing with imaginary friends or real toys, the lovely musician Enrico Tomasso was playing BASIN STREET BLUES for Louis Armstrong and — in that famous photograph — receiving “The  Kiss Of Joy” … Continue reading →
Tags: Wow, Bliss, Jazz, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, George Wein, Generosities, Hotter Than That, It's All True, Jazz Titans, The Heroes Among Us, The Real Thing, The Things We Love, Jazz Lives, Michael Steinman, Ideal Places

Newport Folk 2017 – Setting the Standard for Festivals

The esteemed Newport Folk Festival was back this year with an impressive line-up of artists – from traditional folk genres to more modern interpretations. The three-day Festival was held in the Revolutionary-era seaside fort it has called home since the 1980’s, Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. L.A. Salami (Photo: Nikki Vee) And while the headline of the festival might be stories like the (surprise) appearance of Roger Waters sitting in on a John Prine set, or Nathaniel Rateliff filling...
Tags: Music, Pete Seeger, Wilco, David Bowie, Jim James, Billy Bragg, Rhode Island, National Anthem, Bon Iver, Popdose, Natalie Prass, Justin Vernon, Jeff Tweedy, Margo Price, Newport, John Prine


RICH CONATY 1954-2016 In the history of jazz, people who do not play instruments do as much, in different ways, to sustain the art without getting equal credit. Think of Milt Gabler, George Avakian, Henry Sklow, Norman Granz, George Wein, … Continue reading →
Tags: Jazz, Nat Hentoff, Jeff Healey, Cab Calloway, Bing Crosby, Jane Green, Paul Whiteman, George Wein, Kate Smith, Whitney Balliett, Frank Teschemacher, Tesch, Generosities, It's All True, Jazz Titans, The Heroes Among Us

John Malveaux: For the past twenty-five years, Danellen was part of the Watts Tower Arts Center. I was surprised and deeply moved to see a memorial [9-24-16]

John Malveaux   of   writes: When I attended The Watts Tower Day of the Drum Festival (9-24-16) and Jazz Festival (9-25-16) I did not expect to see Danellen Joseph because she transitioned  September 13, 2016. Although Danellen and I met and became friends through the Georgia Laster Branch of NANM promoting the performance and preservation of classical music by composers of African descent, we both shared an appreciation of Jazz. Dan...
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The Top 5 Summer Jazz Festivals Across the Northeast

The Newport Jazz Festival By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, June 23, 2016 When the sun boldly arrives after the winter turns into a tentative spring, tomato and basil plants applaud in the verdant fields; short sleeves and shorts become the de rigueur apparel; runners, swimmers and bikers flex in abundance; and everyone wants to be outside and schedules vacations appropriately. That's why music festivals--and increasingly jazz parties--beckon and have attracted large crowds chilling o...
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Bassist becomes second head of storied Newport Jazz

Christian McBride, one of the most prominent contemporary double bassists, was named Thursday as only the second director of the celebrated Newport Jazz Festival. The festival in the tony Rhode Island coastal town, one of the biggest dates on the jazz calendar, was created in 1954 and has been organized ever since by George Wein. Now 90 years old, Wein has become a legend in the jazz world for bringing top talent to Newport and figuring out how to keep the event afloat financially, including by ...
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Newport Jazz Festival gets new leader, $10M promise

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Jazz impresario George Wein took another step to secure the future of his 62-year-old Newport Jazz Festival on Thursday, as the nonprofit foundation that runs it named Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride as artistic director.
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Christian McBride named to lead Newport Jazz Festival

Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride has been named artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival as impresario George Wein moves to secure his legacy at the festival he founded 62 years ago. The Newport Festivals Foundation, which also runs the Newport Folk Festival, announced on Thursday that McBride will work side-by-side with Wein and take the reins for the 2017 festival.
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Christian McBride to Succeed George Wein as Newport Jazz Artistic Director

Christian McBride, a 43-year-old jazz virtuoso and multiple-Grammy winning bassist, has been named Artistic Director of the Newport Jazz Festival and is poised to eventually succeed legendary producer George Wein, 90, as its music curator. It's the first time in the 62-year history of the benchmark-setting Newport Jazz Festival that a musician other than Wein will serve as artistic director.
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Chick Corea Added to Newport Jazz Festival Lineup

Jazz legend Chick Corea is celebrating his 75th birthday this year in Newport with Friday night and Saturday afternoon performances at the Newport Jazz Festival. The appearance of the 22-time Grammy winning pianist and composer is "something special," said festival producer George Wein - a legend in his own right.
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