In the first half of a two episode series on the business evolution of summer music festivals, Larry Miller interviews George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals. On the 50th anniversary of when Bob Dylan “went electric” and the 60th anniversary of Miles Davis’ debut, 90-year old impresario George Wein shares vivid memories and insights on Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan — along with musical moments and a discussion on the business influence of his summer music festivals. The Newport Folk Festival is this weekend, July 24-26. The Newport Jazz Festival is the weekend of July 31-August 2.
It’s a truly special interview with one of the most influential music programmers of the 20th century, and we hope you enjoy it.