by Alina Trowbridge
Everyone thinks they know George Winston. He’s a New Age space music guy, right?
That doesn’t begin to tell the tale.
George Winston is a wicked southern music pianist. From Montana. He’s a formidable jazz pianist who has played with some of the jazz greats. He’s recorded all of Vince Guaraldi. His are the invisible fingers behind The Velveteen Rabbit, and Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. He plays stride piano, slack key guitar, and harmonica.
His concert on Friday, May 7 at Grace Cathedral will benefit St. Anthony Foundation. Our food pantry gets whatever canned goods people bring and our programs get some of the proceeds of CD sales. You can buy a CD at the concert recorded to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina or 9/11 and benefit St. Anthony’s in the same stroke.
Recordings cannot communicate some of the ways he innovates with the keyboard. George Winston doesn’t need a Prepared Piano. He prepares it.
Who is George Winston, really? Come find out at Grace Cathedral, Friday, May 7.