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FSU CES, Kauffman Music Bring Renowned Pianist George Winston to Windsor Hall
11/20/2006

Concert to Benefit Windsor Hall Programs, Food Bank

The renowned pianist George Winston will make a special appearance in a benefit concert at Windsor Hall at Town Centre in Cumberland, Md., on Monday, Dec. 11. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Ticket prices are $25 for general admission; $40 for reserved seating; and $50 for Meet & Greet reserved seating. The Meet & Greet seating will include a post-concert meeting with the artist and reserved seating. Tickets may be purchased at Kauffman Music or by calling the CES box office at 301-687-3137 or 1-866-TIXX.CES (1-866-849-9237) or reserved online at: http://ces.frostburg.edu . Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.

This concert is presented in partnership with Frostburg State University CES Jazz Club sponsored by Kauffman Music. It will benefit Windsor Hall programs. Winston has also requested that all attending bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Western Maryland Food Bank.

Winston was born in 1949, grew up mainly in Montana, and also spent his later formative years in Mississippi and Florida. During this time, his favorite music was instrumental rock and instrumental R&B, including Floyd Cramer, the Ventures, Booker T & the MG’s, Jimmy Smith and many more. Inspired by R&B, jazz, blues and rock (especially the Doors), he began playing organ in 1967.

In 1971 he switched to the acoustic piano after hearing recordings from the 1920s and the 1930s by the legendary stride pianists Thomas “Fats” Waller and the late Teddy Wilson. In addition to working on stride piano, he also at this time came up with this own style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, called folk piano. In 1972, he recorded his first solo piano album, “Ballads and Blues 1972,” for the late guitarist John Fahey’s Takoma label.

His latest solo piano release is “Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions -- A Hurricane Relief Benefit,” released in September. This album has six compositions by Winston, and pieces by three great New Orleans pianists, Henry Butler, James Booker and Dr. John, as well as George’s arrangement of the traditional “When The Saints Go Marching In.”

Since 1980 Winston has released nine more solo piano albums: “Autumn” (1980), “Winter Into Spring” (1982), “December” (1982), “Summer” (1991), “Forest” (1994), “Linus & Lucy -- The Music Of Vince Guaraldi” (1996), which features compositions by the late jazz pianist, including “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” and pieces from the Peanuts® TV specials; “Plains” (1999), which was inspired by his eastern Montana upbringing, “Night Divides The Day -- The Music Of The Doors” (2002), And “Montana -- A Love Story” (2004).

Also, in November 2001 Winston released “Remembrance -- A Memorial Benefit,” a six-song CD of piano, guitar and harmonica solos, to benefit those affected by 9/11.

He has also recently worked with George Levenson of Informed Democracy (www.informeddemocracy.com) on three projects: a solo guitar soundtrack for “Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes,” and soundtracks of piano, guitar and, harmonica solos for “Pumpkin Circle,” and “Bread Comes To Life.” In 1984 he also did the solo piano soundtrack for the children’s story “The Velveteen Rabbit” for Rabbit Ears Productions.

The piano music Winston is currently working on is about two-thirds New Orleans R&B oriented, and about one-third melodic music played in his folk piano style.

He is also presently concentrating on live performances and is studying the playing of the great New Orleans pianists Henry Butler, the late James Booker, the late Professor Longhair, Dr. John and Jon Cleary. He is also working on interpreting pieces on solo piano by his favorite composers, including Vince Guaraldi, Professor Longhair, the Doors, Frank Zappa, Randy Newman, Sam Cooke, Al Kooper, Ray Charles, Curtis Mayfield, Laura Nyro, Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Henry Butler, James Booker, Jon Cleary, John Coltrane, Milt Jackson, John Hartford, Taj Mahal, Bruce Cockburn, Philip Aaberg and others, to play at concerts, and at his solo piano dances, where he features R&B, slow dance songs, and more.

Most of the time he is touring, playing solo piano concerts (the "Summer Show" or the “Winter Show"), solo guitar concerts, solo harmonica concerts, and solo piano dances.

Winston is also working on solo guitar and is recording the masters of the Hawaiian slack key guitar for an extensive series of albums for Dancing Cat Records. Slack key is the name for the beautiful solo fingerstyle guitar tradition, unique to Hawaii, which began in the early 1800s and predated the steel guitar by over half a century. (For more information, visit www.dancingcat.com.)

George Winston plays Steinway Pianos. For more information, visit www.georgewinston.com.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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