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September 22 8:00 pm
Pianist and composer George Winston graces our stage for an evening of piano artistry. Inspired by the seasons, George performs his Summer and Winter shows throughout North America. His shows feature a variety of styles, including his melodic folk piano, stride piano, New Orleans R & B piano, Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts pieces and more. Tonight's performance will feature his Summer Show.
George grew up in Montana and spent his later formative years in Mississippi and Florida. Inspired by R&B, jazz, blues, and rock—especially the Doors—he began playing organ in 1967. He switched to the acoustic piano in 1971 after hearing recordings from the 1920s and 1930s by the legendary stride pianists Fats Waller and Teddy Wilson. In addition to working on stride piano, he also came up with his own style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, called folk piano. His inspirations range from pianists Professor Longhair and James Booker to harmonica players Sam Hinton and Rick Epping. The Record Searchlight says, "though he's a renowned R&B player himself, the style is but one shade of Winston's musical pallet."
For a chance to hear a modern master of the piano, catch George Winston at the Freight.
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