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Sunday, January 03, 2016

George Wein and Andy Hudson

Love this photo of Andy Hudson and George Wein taken at the latter's 90th birthday celebration in NYC.
Wein, apart from being a respected pianist and power behind the throne of the Newport Jazz Festival, had a long term jazz partnership with fellow pianist and entrepreneur Hudson. This included the 1978 Cleveland Jazz Festival at Ayresome Park, then the home of Middlesbrough football club, where the town on the Tees played host to more jazz legends than were currently playing in downtown Manhattan, LA or anywhere else in America! Apart from that, Andy and George also collaborated on  London's Capital Jazz Festival and remained in contact over the years Here they're getting together again at his birthday party in Carnegie Hall last November.
Priceless!
Lance.
PS: And, Andy tells me, George's still gigging!

1 comment :

AndyHud said...

A happy day indeed.
George is still working on a daily basis from his office /apartment on the Upper East side and only seems a little slower than he was 20 years ago.
He still enjoys fine wines, which I have long thought was the key to long life.
In fact many years ago in the Capital Jazz years George told me that he had visited his US doctor who had asked that inevitable question “How much do you drink?” to which George replied a bottle of GOOD wine every day “ That’s ridiculous” he was told – “you must cut down your intake.” Later in the month George was at his European house in Vence and arranged another doctor’s visit…And predictably the same question came up and the same answer was given “ Eh bien” said the Doctor “ C’est normal”. Moral of the anecdote – Get a second opinion from a FRENCH Doctor.

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