“Cuts a broad swath in both style and substance.” – The Intelligencer
George Winston’s solo piano recordings have sold millions of copies, showcasing his diverse style that includes rural folk, stride jazz and New Orleans R&B. Winston will perform a variety of his favorite seasonal tunes, including Peanuts pieces from his tribute albums, melodies inspired by the New Orleans piano and the stride piano traditions, and additional original compositions. Audiences will be amazed by the variety of styles featured in one concert.
Winston has released 13 solo piano albums over approximately 40 years. Concentrating mainly on live performances, he tours regularly playing solo piano concerts, solo guitar concerts and solo harmonica concerts.
Please join us in support of Three Square Food Bank by bringing a donation of canned food to the concert. Three Square staff will be accepting food donations at the merchandise table located in Cabaret Jazz Lobby
“The popular, unassuming pianist’s songs are pastoral wonders that purposefully evoke nature and landscapes in a way that’s as understated as it is beautiful.”
– Ben Salmon, Bend Bulletin
“Perhaps best known for the ringing, rural folk-piano sound of his earliest recordings (“December”, “Autumn”), pianist George Winston has spent the last decade and a half deeply schooling himself in the music of artists who inspire him, including Vince Guaraldi, the Doors and the great rhythm-and-blues players of New Orleans.”
– Tom Keogh, The Seattle Times
“Pianist George Winston’s music cuts a broad swath in both style and substance.”… “George Winston prefers to spend most of his time on the road, finding greater contentment in a concert setting than a recording studio.” “His concerts are always a blend of performance and philanthropy, with a canned food drive held at every show to benefit a local food bank, and portions of his merchandise sales donated to those organizations as well.”
– Naila Francis, The Intelligencer
“His instrumental piano style bounces between folk piano, rhythm and blues piano and stride piano.”
– John Benson, The Chronicle-Telegram
“Innovative, celebrated and accomplished, Winston is the real deal.”
– RAB, Toledo City Paper
“Though he’s a renowned R&B player himself, the style is but one shade of Winston’s musical pallet. He’s perhaps best known for his melodic folk piano style, which is reflected in seasonal and geographically based albums like Autumn, December, Winter Into Spring, Summer, and Montana – A Love Story.”
– Jim Dyar, Record Searchlight
“Seasons and sense of place remain essential elements to Winston in terms of relating experiences to music.”
- Jim Dyar, Record Searchlight
“AUTUMN, WINTER INTO SPRING, DECEMBER and SUMMER are but four of the elegant Winston albums that have depicted seasonal inspiration during the last 25 years”
– Walter Tunis, Knight Ridder
“This (GULF COAST BLUES & IMPRESSIONS – A HURRICANE RELIEF BENEFIT) is perhaps the most engaging Winston album ever, and the single one anyone who’s ever been interested in him should own.”
– Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
“George Winston’s melodic folk-style piano has been his signature sound for more than 30 years.”
– Richard Freedman, Oakland Tribune
He returned to New Orleans R&B with the rollicking "Pixie," so full of sound that two hands hardly seemed enough to produce it. With its walking bass line and right hand syncopation, the number generated enough energy to light up the city of Lawrence. No doubt many in the audience came to hear Winston's more introspective tunes, but there were also those who wondered, "If he can play stride and R&B like that, why would he ever play anything else?"
– Dean Bevan, Journal World
We started this week with a standing-room-only performance by George Winston. He performed his winter concert with exceptional prowess, not only on piano, but also on guitar and harmonica. What a treat. We hope to bring him back sometime in the near future for his summer concert.
– Kris Sabel, Vail Daily