R.I.P.: George Wein

The incarnation of a supremely clever and ambitious artistic entrepreneur. I loved the Press Dinners that announced the Newport Festivals. Wein was a star storyteller. He told the funniest imaginable anecdote about Miles Davis’s heroin addiction, which I won’t even attempt, because it has to be delivered with an ace imitation of Davis’s unforgettable croak.

(His autobio Myself Among Others is hugely recommended.)

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