Festival Producers George Wein and Jay Sweet

Newport Jazz Fest Producer George Wein To Miss 2021 Festival

Legendary Newport Jazz Festival producer George Wein announced on Facebook Wednesday that due to his advanced age and traveling conditions that he will not attend the 2021 festival.

“Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the 2021 Newport Jazz Festival. At my age of 95, making the trip will be too difficult for me. I am heartbroken to miss seeing all my friends,” Wein wrote.

“What makes me happy is that after producing the Newport Jazz Festival starting in 1954 and the Newport Folk Festival (1959), I can see that my legacy is in good hands with a dedicated Board of Directors, a staff headed by the brilliant producer, Jay Sweet, and artistic direction on the jazz festival by the wonderful Christian McBride. This team will continue the 67 years of musical traditions and excellent production of these festivals,” Wein added.

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