Newport Festivals co-founder George Wein dies at age 95

Newport Folk & Jazz Founder George Wein (October 3, 1925 - September 13, 2021)

Impresario, promoter, pianist, art collector and philanthropist George T. Wein, co-founder and creator of the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, who for seven decades, was the most influential presenter of music around the globe, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, September 13, 2021. He was 95. 

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What’s Up Newp’s Frank Prosnitz visited George Wein at his home in New York in 2017 and spoke to him at length about the festival and his life. In honor of George, here’s the interview series if you missed it.

A Conversation with George Wein

  1. Artistry – the Festivals (Part 1)

  2. Madam Chaloff, a Bucket of Blood, and Storyville (Part 2)

  3. Motivation (Part 3)

  4. ‘I’ve lived my own life on my own terms (Part 4)

  5. ‘You Have to Say You Did The Right Thing’ (Part 5)