George Wein to produce Newport jazz & folk fests

George Wein will celebrate the 55th anniversary of the historic Newport Jazz Festival and the 50th anniversary of his equally renown Newport Folk Festival by producing both a jazz fest and a folk fest in that Rhode Island resort town next August, according to a press release issued on March 3 by publicist Carolyn McClair -- but perhaps without his sponsor of 25 years and independent of the company he helped establish just two years ago.Wein, age 83, a pianist and memoirist as well as impresario, has put on jazz and folk fests in Newport, and an … [Read more...]