90 years ago, George Wein was born to a Jewish family in Massachusetts. Two months ago, he received an honorary doctorate. Here is a brief guide to Wein’s remarkable life.
He was in Newport in 1965 when Dylan went electric and has presided over two of the most successful music festivals in the world. Now 89, George Wein shows little sign of slowing down.
This autumn’s Manhattan concert calendar contains celebrations both of Jewish musical youth and age, as if offering alternating songs of innocence and experience. Experience comes first, from October 19 to 24, when Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola presents an 85th birthday party for Newport Jazz Festival impresario George Wein. Among the celebrants will be Jazz Jews such as the trumpeter Randy Brecker and sax and flute player Lew Tabackin.