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George Theodore Wein, 3 October 1925, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. After studying formally, Wein began playing piano professionally in his early teenage years. He led his own band in and around his home town for a period, frequently accompanying visiting jazz musicians. In 1950 he opened his own club in Boston, the Storyville, formed his own record label (which had the same name) and was thus launched on his second career as a jazz impresario. In 1954 he was invited to organize the first Newport Jazz Festival and subsequently played an important part in establishing other major international festivals, including the annual Grande Parade du Jazz at Nice in the south of France, launching Festival Productions in 1960. In addition to his work on festivals around the world, he has also actively promoted such organizations as the New York Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and taught jazz in Boston.
Although his work in promotion has been enormously...