Jazz Impresario George Wein to Give Symposium at Boston University

Contact: Ann Deveney, 617/353-2240 | devenea@bu.edu

Boston, MA — Boston University announces that George and Joyce Wein will present a symposium, “Love and Jazz Across the Color Line,” on Thursday, April 11, 2002. The couple will discuss their love of jazz and their interracial marriage at the special event to be held at Boston University’s Photonics Center. The Weins have produced and directed the historic Newport Jazz Festival since its inception in 1954 and have seen it through racial tensions and dramatic shifts in musical trends.

The event is part of a series, “Crossing Racial and Cultural Borders” hosted by the African American Studies Program at Boston University. The series also includes a first-of-its-kind international conference on global relations between people of Asian and people of African descent. The conference, “Blacks and Asians: Encounters Through Time and Space,” runs from April 12-14, 2002.

In their more than fifty years in the business, George and Joyce Wein have seen – and been a part of – jazz history in the making. They are well known within the jazz community and their work with Newport has made them elder statespersons among festival producers.

Mr. Wein has also played an integral part in the careers of a host of jazz luminaries. For the last few years, he has been working on his memoirs, recounting his years in jazz and his relationships with such luminaries as Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and others.

George and Joyce Wein live in New York City where they collect art, mostly paintings and sculptures by African-Americans. They have known each other for 55 years and been married for 42 years. They met in Boston in 1947 when he was a pre-med student at Boston University and she was the jazz columnist for the Simmons College newspaper.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the symposium, please call 617/358-1421.

EVENT: “Love and Jazz Across the Color Line,” George and Joyce Wein
WHEN: Thursday, April 11, 2002, 4-6 p.m.
PLACE: Boston University’s Photonics Center 8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th floor Conference Room Boston, Mass.