George Winston grew up in Montana, and spent his formative years in Mississippi and Florida. 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 and in 1972, he recorded his first solo piano album, Ballads And Blues.
Since 1980 George has released ten other solo piano albums. His latest solo piano release is Love Will Come – The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2. His next album Spring Carousel – A Cancer Research Benefit will be released in 2016.
Many of Winston’s melodic pieces are self-described as “rural folk piano” or “folk piano.” These melodic pieces evoke the essence of a season and reflect natural landscapes. He also plays New Orleans R&B piano, influenced mainly by Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and Jon Cleary.
Winston dresses unassumingly for his shows, playing in stocking feet, stating that it quiets his “hard beat pounding” left foot. As The Boston Globe reported in 1986, “Much of his playing is introspective, and mood-setting. He keeps his presentations pithy and free of excess and his audience awake.” -from wikipedia and georgewinston.com
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