Obituary – Death, George Wein, Music Festival Pioneer, Passed Away At 95

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George Wein Obituary – Death, Cause of deathGeorge Wein, 95 passed away peacefully in his sleep in his home on September 13, 2021. He died leaving family members, loved ones and friends in great grief and fear.

 

Cause of George Wein‘s Death…

George Wein, 95 passed away peacefully in his sleep in his home on September 13, 2021. He died leaving family members, loved ones and friends in great grief and fear.

Music impresario George Wein, who spawned the modern music festival when he helped launch the Newport Jazz and Newport Folk Festivals, has died at the age of 95.

According to a statement from his family, Wein died peacefully in his sleep early Monday morning.

Wein co-founded the Newport Jazz Festival in 1954 and the Newport Folk Festival in 1959. Newport was the first and largest event of its kind in the U.S., setting the standard for outdoor music festivals to come.

Wein, who was also a musician himself, lived a life most jazz fans dream about. He knew the giants and innovators by their first names. At the very first Newport Jazz Festival, Wein arranged a reunion between saxophonist Lester Young and singer Billie Holiday. The two former collaborators hadn’t spoken for years. He told a private Newport audience in 2003 that Young hesitated in the wings.

“This is one of the most poignant memories of my life,” Wein said. “‘Cause there was this magnificent saxophonist — one of the great figures in the history of the music — standing there and wasn’t going on the stage. Billie sang about three choruses of the first song, and the next thing you know, he says, ‘I guess I’ll have to go up and help the Lady out.

He was a musician, a child prodigy. And in his teens, he played jazz piano professionally around Boston. As an adult, he managed Storyville, one of the city’s clubs, and took notice of the folk music revival embraced by Boston college students in the 1950s.

According to our source, no cause of death has been declared as investigation is still on-going at the time of gathering this report.

We pray that God grants those who are affected by this death the fortitude to carry on. Losing a beloved one is one of the most difficult feelings on earth. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family members and friend.