Born in October of 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts, George Wein is a famous jazz promoter and producer known as “the most famous jazz impresario.” His career began while he was studying at Boston University when he led a small group that played professionally around the Boston area. The success of his career sky-rocketed as he opened his own jazz club and record label, both called Storyville, in the 50’s. One of the largest accomplishments to his name was when he founded what is arguably the most well-known jazz festival in the U.S., the Newport Jazz Festival. Wein went on to start festivals in other cities, such as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Los Angeles’ Playboy Jazz Festival, and the Newport Folk Festival.

Wein has been honored a number of awards for his excellent work with jazz concerts. In 1995 he received the Patron of the Arts Award from the Studio Museum of Harlem, and in 2004 received an Impact Award from the AARP. He also has been honored at the White House by two presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, and in 2005 was named “Jazz Master” by the National Endowment for the Arts.

George Wein finds corporate sponsor for Newport and New York jazz festivals
Jazz impresario George Wein has found a corporate sponsor for his Jazz Festival 55 in Fort Adams Park in Newport, RI, August 7-9. CareFusion, a medical equipment manufacturer for hospitals and the provider of medical services, will not only sponsor the Newport jazz festival but also the revival of... Read more
George Wein’s Folk Festival 50 ticket sales begin May 6
Ticket on-sales for producer George Wein’s rejuvenated Folk Festival 50 begin May 6 at 10 a.m. through the festival’s official Web site. This year’s event will be held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI, on August 1-2. Adults can purchase tickets in advance for $69 or on... Read more
George Wein produces New York City gigs as JVC Jazz Festival folds
June is normally jazz month in New York City with the long-running JVC Jazz Festival New York covering close to two weeks of shows in concert halls and clubs. With JVC feeling the pinch of the recession and dropping its sponsorship of concerts, combined with Festival Network apparently still... Read more
Mos Def added to lineup for George Wein’s Jazz Festival 55
Mos Def, Claudia Acuna and Ernest Ranglin have been added to George Wein’s Jazz Festival 55, set for August 7-9 in Newport, RI. Other additions are Vandermark 5; Branford-Joey Duo; North Carolina Central University Big Band; Millennial Territory Orchestra; Rashied Ali, Charles Gayle and William Parker’s “By Any Means”;... Read more
George Wein negotiating for Newport Folk & Jazz Festivals
George Wein, producer of the seminal Newport Jazz Festival in 1954 and the first Newport Folk Festival in 1959, has submitted his application to negotiate a license with the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to produce a jazz festival and a folk festival in Newport, RI, this summer. It... Read more