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George Winston

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Feb 27, 2018 – 7:30 PM

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George Winston: George Winston grew up mainly in eastern Montana, as well as some in Mississippi and Florida. During this time, his favorite music was instrumental rock and instrumental R&B, including Floyd Cramer, the Ventures, Booker T & The MG’s, Jimmy Smith, and many more. Inspired by R&B, jazz, Blues and rock (especially the Doors), George began playing organ in 1967. In 1971 he switched to the acoustic piano after hearing recordings from the 1920s and the 1930s by the legendary stride pianists Thomas “Fats” Waller and the late Teddy Wilson. In addition to working on stride piano, he also at this time came up with this own style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, called folk piano. In 1972, he recorded his first solo piano album, BALLADS AND BLUES 1972, for the late guitarist John Fahey’s Takoma label.

His latest solo piano release is GULF COAST BLUES & IMPRESSIONS-A HURRICANE RELIEF BENEFIT, released in 2006. This album has six compositions by George, and pieces by three great New Orleans pianists, Henry Butler, James Booker, and Dr. John, as well as George’s arrangement of the traditional When The Saints Go Marching In.

Since 1980 George has released nine other solo piano albums: AUTUMN (1980), WINTER INTO SPRING (1982), DECEMBER (1982), SUMMER (1991), FOREST (1994), LINUS & LUCY-THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI (1996), which features compositions by the late jazz pianist, including Cast Your Fate to the Wind and pieces from the Peanuts® TV specials; PLAINS (1999), which was inspired by his Eastern Montana upbringing, NIGHT DIVIDES THE DAY-THE MUSIC OF THE DOORS (2002), and MONTANA-A LOVE STORY (2004). His next release will be LOVE WILL COME - THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI, VOL. 2.

Also, in 2001 George released REMEMBRANCE-A MEMORIAL BENEFIT, a six song CD of piano, guitar and harmonica solos, to benefit those affected by 9/11. He has also worked with the late George Levenson of Informed Democracy (www.informeddemocracy.com) on three projects: a solo guitar soundtrack for SADAKO AND THE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES, and soundtracks of piano, guitar and, harmonica solos for PUMPKIN CIRCLE, and BREAD COMES TO LIFE. In 1984 he also did the solo piano soundtrack for the children’s story THE VELVETEEN RABBIT for Rabbit Ears Productions.

The piano music George is currently working on is about two-thirds New Orleans R&B oriented, and about one-third melodic music played in his folk piano style.

He is also presently concentrating on live performances and is studying the playing of the great New Orleans pianists Henry Butler, the late James Booker, the late Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and Jon Cleary. He is also working on interpreting pieces on solo piano by his favorite composers, including Vince Guaraldi, Professor Longhair, the Doors, Frank Zappa, Randy Newman, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Curtis Mayfield, Laura Nyro, Al Kooper, Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Henry Butler, James Booker, Jon Cleary, Ralph Towner, Arthur Lee, John Coltrane, Milt Jackson, John Hartford, Taj Mahal, Bruce Cockburn, Philip Aaberg, and others, to play at concerts, and at his solo piano dances, where he features R&B, slow dance songs, and more.

Most of the time he is touring, playing solo piano concerts (the Summer Show or the Winter Show), solo guitar concerts, solo harmonica concerts, and solo piano dances.

George is also working on solo guitar and is recording the masters of the Hawaiian slack key guitar for an extensive series of albums for Dancing Cat Records. Slack key is the name for the beautiful solo fingerstyle guitar tradition, unique to Hawaii, which began in the early 1800s and predated the steel guitar by over half a century. www.dancingcat.com

George Winston plays Steinway Pianos www.georgewinston.com

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