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Tickets are $53 in advance, $58 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available through Hold My Ticket (112 2nd St SW), 505-886-1251, Monday to Friday 9 AM - 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM - 6 PM.
George Winston [web site | Amazon.com] 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, called folk piano. In 1972, he recorded his first solo piano album, Ballads and Blues 1972, for the late guitarist John Fahey's Takoma label.
Since 1980 George has released ten other solo piano albums: Autumn (1980), Winter Into Spring (1982), December (1982), Summer (1991), Forest (1994), Linus & Lucy—The Music of Vince Guaraldi (1996), which features compositions by the late jazz pianist, including "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" and pieces from the Peanuts' TV specials; Plains (1999), which was inspired by his Eastern Montana upbringing; Night Divides the Day—The Music of The Doors (2002), and Montana—A Love Story (2004) and Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions—A Hurricane Relief Benefit (2006). His latest solo piano releases are Love Will Come—The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2 (2010), and the forthcoming Spring Carousel—A Cancer Research Benefit. The songs from Spring Carousel were composed in 2013 while Winston was recovering from a bone marrow transplant.
George is also working on solo guitar and is recording the masters of the Hawaiian Slack Key guitar for an extensive series of albums for his Dancing Cat Records label. He is also recording his main inspirations for his harmonica playing, Sam Hinton, Rick Epping, and Curt Bouterse.
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