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"HITTING HIS STRIDE"

George Winston's growing years were spent in Montana, Mississippi, and Florida, during which time his favorite music, instrumental rock and instrumental R & B included Booker T & The MG's, Floyd Cramer, The Ventures, and more. Inspired by blues and rock, particularly The Doors, he began playing organ in 1967, then switching to acoustic piano in 1971, after hearing the music of the 20's and 30's by legendary stride pianists, Thomas "Fats" Waller, and the late Teddy Wilson. In addition to working on stride piano, he also came up with his own style of melodic instrumentals on solo albums, called 'Folk piano.' In 1972, he recorded his first solo album, "Ballads And Blues" on the Takoma label.

In 2001, George released, "Remembrance - A Memorial Benefit," which was a six-song CD of piano, guitar, and harmonica solos to benefit those affected by 9/11. He has also worked with the late George Levenson of Informed Democracy (www.informeddemocracy.com) on three projects: a solo guitar soundtrack for "Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes," and soundtracks of piano, guitar and, harmonica solos for "Pumpkin Circle," and "Bread Comes To Life." In 1984 he also did the solo piano soundtrack for the children’s story "The Velveteen Rabbit," for Rabbit Ears Productions.

George is currently touring and playing solo piano concerts, and studying the playing of great New Orleans pianists, and working on solo interpretations of favorite composer's music. Since 1980, George has released ten other solo piano albums in total, including a new album, "Love Will Come- The Music Of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2," which is to be released on February 2.

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