The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, in partnership with Flying Saucer Presents, is pleased to welcome GRAMMY-winning “Rural Folk” Pianist George Winston. While growing up, George’s favorite music was instrumental rock and instrumental R&B, including Floyd Cramer, the Ventures, Booker T & The MG’s, Jimmy Smith, and more. Inspired by R&B, jazz, Blues and rock (especially the Doors), George began playing organ in 1967, switching to acoustic piano in 1971 after hearing recordings by the legendary stride pianists Thomas “Fats” Waller and the late Teddy Wilson. He also at this time came up with this own style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, called folk piano.
George recorded his first solo piano album “Ballads and Blues 1972” in 1972. Since 1980, he’s released ten other solo piano albums garnering many accolades. He is currently inspired by the great New Orlenas R&B pianists Henry Butler, James Booker, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and Jon Cleary. His latest solo piano release is “Love Will Come – The Music of Vince Guraldi, Vol. 2” (released 2/2/10), which features compositions by the late jazz pianist, including pieces from the Peanuts’ TV specials. His next album “Spring Carousel – A Cancer Research Benefit” will be released in 2016.
Doors 7:00 p.m. / Show 8:00 p.m.
Visit the Concert Hall website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.