Yes, I've heard it's true. George Winston will be an upcoming Guest on ATS Live, Out Of The Box Radio Show.
I've followed his career from his recording beginnings on Windham Hill Record label, to now owning his own label and producing other unique musicians.
He has always left me amazed with his compositions and individual style.
The first time I saw George play was in a dorm building at Stanford University, Palo Alto Ca. He turned a noisy crowded party hall, into a mesmerized
large group of new die hard fans. He has a way of doing that.
He is as complex and entertaining an artist as his music is. If you've been a fan of George Winston, you get to know him in a very personal way. This
is one show not to be missed.
Some background info on George Winston to set the tone for you.
A small snippet from his extensive wiki page that chronicles his extensive ongoing career in the music field.
When growing up, his interest in music was listening to instrumentals in the R&B, rock, pop, and jazz genres, especially by organists. After
hearing The Doors in 1967, he was inspired to start playing the organ. In 1971, he switched to solo piano after hearing Thomas “Fats” Waller,
Teddy Wilson, Earl Hines and Donald Lambert. Many of Winston’s melodic pieces are self-described as "rural folk piano" or "folk piano", a style he
developed in 1971 to have an approach to complement the uptempo stride piano. These melodic pieces evoke the essence of a season and reflect natural
landscapes. The third style he plays is New Orleans R&B piano, influenced mainly by Professor Longhair, Dr. John and Jon Cleary.
Winston also is known for his two tribute albums to jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, composer for the first sixteen Peanuts animated films, who died
suddenly in 1976.
In addition to his piano work, Winston plays blues harmonica, solo acoustic guitar (mainly Appalachian fiddle tunes) and Hawaiian slack-key guitar.
Both his harmonica and guitar playing can be heard on his benefit album Remembrance - A Memorial Benefit, which was released shortly after 9/11. In
2006, he recorded another benefit album Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions: A Hurricane Relief Benefit, followed by Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions 2: A
Louisiana Wetlands Benefit in 2012.
Winston also produces recordings of Hawaiian slack-key guitarists for his own record label, Dancing Cat Records, including artists Keola Beamer, Sonny
Chillingworth, Leonard Kwan, and others. He is also working on recording cover versions of songs by Sam Hinton, Rick Epping and Curt
Oh Des, I'm so sorry to have missed this when it was happening!
I've loved George Winston since 1984, when I first heard "Sea". And, of course,
there hasn't been a single Christmas ever since without the sound of "December".
I'm especially fond of his rendition of "The Holly and the Ivy". It's so happy and uplifting.
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