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George Winston

George Winston credit Todd V Wolfson

Solo pianist George Winston is a beloved figure in the U.S. and around the world. His concerts feature a variety of styles, including his melodic folk piano, stride piano, New Orleans R&B piano, Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts pieces and more. George Winston grew up mainly in Montana, and also spent his later formative years in Mississippi and Florida. During this time, 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 the late Teddy Wilson. In addition to working on stride piano, he also at this time came up with this own style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, which he called folk piano. George often performs selections from his classic albums "Autumn," "December," "Winter Into Spring," and "Summer," and 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.