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Grammy Award-Winning Pianist, GEORGE WINSTON,
IN SOLO CONCERT on Friday, February 18th at 8 p.m. in the
Historic Everett Theater, Everett, WA & on February 27th at 3
p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Napa Valley Opera House, Napa, CA.
Born in 1949, George Winston spent his early growing years  mainly in
Montana, and his later formative years in Mississippi and Florida.  During
this time, he listened mostly to Pop and R&B instrumental music (the late
Floyd Cramer, The Ventures, Booker T & the MGs, King Curtis and many
others),  as well as many R&B artists, such as Ray Charles and Sam Cooke.   
He would listen to the radio faithfully for the 30 seconds before the hourly
news when they would play instrumentals.

Inspired by R&B, jazz, blues and rock, George began playing organ and
electric piano in 1967.  In 1971, after hearing records by the legendary stride
(swing) pianists Thomas "Fats" Waller and the late Teddy Wilson, he
switched to the acoustic piano. At that time, he began working on his own
styles of instrumental music on solo piano, putting together songs of his
own and arranging other pieces. In 1972, he recorded his first solo piano
album.

The piano music George is currently working on is about two-thirds
R&B/rock/standards, and about one-third melodic music. The latter
comprises most of his recorded output, choosing to record albums with
specific themes and it is this genre, a cross between the range of American
folk music and the instrumental pop/R&B that he grew up with, that he
calls rural folk piano.  
  

At the Everett performance, Mr. Winston invites the audience to join us in
helping the needy by bringing a donation of canned food to the concert.   
There will be collection baskets at the entrances.
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