Mon03Apr20177:00 PMCrossing Event at the Zumbrota State Theatre
An Evening with George Winston
Inspired by the seasons and topographies, George Winston’s concerts feature a variety of styles including melodic folk piano, New Orleans R&B piano, and stride piano. He performs songs from his seasonal favorites AUTUMN, DECEMBER, WINTER INTO SPRING, and SUMMER, as well as Peanuts pieces from his Vince Guaraldi tribute albums LINUS & LUCY –THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI, and LOVE WILL COME-THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI, VOL. 2, and more.
George Winston, one of the most recognized solo pianists in the world, has released 13 solo piano albums since 1972. His next album, to be released in March 2017 is SPRING CAROUSEL-A CANCER RESEARCH BENEFIT. He is currently mainly touring and performing live concerts. Since 1986, George has been raising money for food banks and service organizations in every community he visits while on tour. He will continue to raise awareness through Canned Food Drives and information about the local organizations available in the lobby. The CD and merchandise proceeds will benefit the local Food bank or Organization in each market.
George Winston grew up mainly in Montana, and also spent his later
formative years in Mississippi and Florida. 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 Teddy Wilson. In addition to working
on stride piano, he also at this time came up with his own style of melodic
instrumental music on solo piano, called folk piano. His main influences
currently are the New Orleans R&B pianists Professor Longhair, James Booker,
and Henry Butler.
Since 1972 George has released thirteen solo piano albums, and his next album, to be released in March 2017, is SPRING CAROUSEL-A CANCER RESEARCH BENEFIT.
This concert will feature George’s Winter Show, which will include melodic fall
and winter type songs, some of Vince Guaraldi’s Peanuts pieces, pieces inspired
by the New Orleans piano & the stride piano traditions, and songs from his