George Wein, founder of Newport jazz and folk festivals, honored by The Recording Academy

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — The founder of the Newport jazz and folk festivals is being honored by The Recording Academy.

George Wein, a jazz pianist-turned-impresario, was selected to receive the academy's Trustees Award for outstanding contributions in areas other than performance.

It will be presented during a February ceremony in Los Angeles and acknowledged during the 57th annual Grammy Awards.

Wein, the founder and chairman of Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., has spearheaded hundreds of music events. He produced the first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954 and later created the Newport Folk Festival.

He says he's thrilled to be recognized for his life's work and he's grateful to join a remarkable list of award recipients.

Past winners include Stephen Sondheim, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Frank Sinatra and Clive Davis.

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