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George Winston to Perform at the Ginowan Convention Center

By: Victoria L. Moore

Date Posted: 1998-04-05

The incredible piano music of George Winston is just a breath away. Appearing for one night only with two spectacular, not to be missed shows, "George Winston a Piano Solo Concert," at the Ginowan Convention Center should not be missed. On April 13, the first show starts at 6:30 p.m. and the second begins at 7:50 p.m. Ticket prices range from 4,200 to 3,675 for the first show and 3,150 to 2,625 for the second show.

George Winston, pianist and composer was born in 1949 and grew up mainly in Montana, splitting the rest of his formative years between Mississippi and Florida. He spent these years listening mostly to pop instrumental groups like The Ventures, Floyd Cramer, Booker T and the MGs, King Curtis, and Lonnie Mack. He also enjoyed listening to R&B artists such as Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed, and Sam Cooke.

Inspired by blues, rock, R&B, and jazz, George began playing after high school in 1967 and started on the organ and electric piano. In 1971, after hearing records of the legendary stride (swing) pianist Thomas "Fats" Waller and Teddy Wilson, George switched to the acoustic piano. It was at this time that he began working on his own brand of pop instrumental music on solo piano, putting together songs of his own and arranging other pieces.

George currently works on a combination of two thirds R&B standards mixed with one third melodic music. In it he carves his own genre most would describe as rural folk piano. His recording career began as early as 1972 when he recorded his first solo piano album entitled "Ballads and Blues - 1972."

In 1979, he became inspired by the late New Orleans pianist and R&B founder, Professor Longhair, who recorded the 1949 track "Hey Now Baby" from the Atlantic album, "New Orleans Piano."

Since 1980, George has released six solo piano albums: Autumn (1980), Winter into Spring (1982), Summer (1991), and the Grammy award-winning Forest (1994). His latest solo piano album, Linus & Lucy -- the Music of Vince Guaraldi, was released in September of 1996. The album features compositions by the late jazz pianist, including "Cast Your Fate to the Wind, Peanuts," and other pieces.

Ticket can be purchased in Naha at Mitsuskoshi, Yamagataya, Ryubo Department Store, Diae Department Store and Takara Records. In Urasoe, tickets are available at Daie Department Store and in Okinawa City at Teruya Music on Park Ave.

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