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Tour Dates

09/06/2019Newport Performing Arts Center / Newport, OR
09/11/2019Aladdin Theater / Portland, OR
09/13/2019Majestic Theatre / Corvallis, OR
09/14/2019Majestic Theatre / Corvallis, OR
09/20/2019Gesa Power House Theatre / Walla Walla, WA
09/22/2019McIntyre Hall PACC / Mount Vernon, WA
09/27/2019Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall / Seattle, WA
09/28/2019Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall / Seattle, WA
10/01/2019Methow Valley Community Center / Twisp, WA
10/04/2019Schuler Performing Arts Center / Coeur d'Alene, ID
10/06/2019The Cutter Theatre / Metaline Falls, WA
10/11/2019Love Recital Hall / Grand Junction, CO
10/18/2019Sweetwater Performance Theatre / Fort Wayne, IN
10/20/2019Lincoln Theatre / Columbus, OH
10/23/2019The State Theatre / State College, PA
10/25/2019The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen / Glen Allen, VA
10/30/2019The Barns at Wolf Trap / Vienna, VA
10/31/2019The Barns at Wolf Trap / Vienna, VA
11/03/2019StageOne / Fairfield, CT
11/05/2019The Kate / Old Saybrook, CT
11/06/2019The Kate / Old Saybrook, CT
11/08/2019Jonathan's / Ogunquit, ME
11/10/2019Greenwich Odeum / East Greenwich, RI
11/12/2019South Church / Portsmouth, NH
11/14/2019Infinity Hall / Norfolk, CT
11/16/2019Lynn Auditorium / Lynn, MA
11/19/2019Sellersville Theater / Sellersville, PA
11/22/2019Harvester Performance Center / Rocky Mount, VA
12/03/2019The Sheen Center / New York, NY
12/04/2019The Sheen Center / New York, NY
12/06/2019Landmark on Main / Port Washington, NY
12/12/2019The Ludlow Garage / Cincinnati, OH
12/15/2019The Ark / Ann Arbor, MI
12/17/2019The Playhouse, Overture Center / Madison, WI
12/18/2019The Playhouse, Overture Center / Madison, WI
12/20/2019South Milwaukee PAC / Milwaukee, WI
12/22/2019Orchestra Hall / Minneapolis, MN
01/25/2020Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts / Whittier, CA
02/01/2020Spanos Theatre PAC / San Luis Obispo, CA
02/06/2020Coconino Center for the Arts / Flagstaff, AZ
02/18/2020One World Theatre / Austin, TX
02/19/2020One World Theatre / Austin, TX
02/21/2020Dosey Doe / The Woodlands, TX
09/11/2020San Juan Community Theater / Friday Harbor, WA
09/12/2020San Juan Community Theater / Friday Harbor, WA

George Winston: Bio

George Winston 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), George 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.

Since 1980 George has released ten other 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) and GULF COAST BLUES & IMPRESSIONS - A HURRICANE RELIEF BENEFIT (2006).

Also, in 2001 George 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 worked with the late George Levenson of Informed Democracy 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.

His latest solo piano release is LOVE WILL COME - THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI, VOL. 2 (released 2/2/10), which features compositions by the late jazz pianist, including pieces from the Peanuts' TV specials. His next album SPRING CAROUSEL-A CANCER RESEARCH BENEFIT will be released in 2016.

George is presently concentrating mainly on live performances, and 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 (with R&B and slow dance songs).

He is currently most inspired by the great New Orleans R&B pianists Henry Butler, James Booker, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and Jon Cleary; and he is also working on interpreting pieces on solo piano by his favorite composers, including Vince Guaraldi, Professor Longhair, and the Doors, as well as Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Ralph Towner, Sam Cooke, Randy Newman, Al Kooper, Jimmy Wisner, Arthur Lee, Frank Zappa, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane, Cal Tjader, John Hartford, Oliver Schroer, Taj Mahal, Philip Aaberg, Henry Butler, James Booker, Jon Cleary, and others, to play at concerts, and at his solo piano dances.

George 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 (www.dancingcat.com). 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. He is also recording his main inspirations for his harmonica playing, Sam Hinton, Rick Epping, and Curt Bouterse.

George Winston plays Steinway Pianos.

1 Carousel 1  
2 Carousel 2  
3 Soft Muted Dream  
4 More Than You Know  
5 Many Clocks  
6 Ms Mystery  
7 Unrequited Love  
8 Dream 2  
9 Night Blooming Carousel 16  
10 Fess' Carousels  
11 Ms Mystery 2  
12 Pixie #13 in C  
13 Ms Mystery 3  
14 Rekindling Love  
15 Requited Love  

Celebrated American pianist George Winston will release a cancer research benefit album, Spring Carousel, on RCA Records on March 31, 2017. Spring Carousel features a collection of 15 solo piano compositions written by Winston while in recovery from a bone marrow transplant for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) at City of Hope, in Duarte, California, near Los Angeles. Proceeds from sales of Spring Carousel will directly benefit City of Hope. George Winston is available for interviews upon request.

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SYND: WoodSongs, Echoes, Quiet Music
Direct: Sirius, Music Choice, MOOD
Markets include: New York, San Francisco, Boston, Miami, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Berkeley CA, San Antonio, El Paso, Tampa, Long Island NY, Wichita, Tucson, Chattanooga, Baton Rouge LA
INTER: Canada, UK, Spain, Romania
Online: Music To Heal the Heart, Musicas Imaginadas, Reviewsnewage.com, BroadwayWorld.com, MainlyPiano.com, Journeyscapes, mostlyfolk.com, HNR

Crossover Media Projects with: George Winston