• Joel Brown

    Staff Writer

    Portrait of Joel Brown. An older white man with greying brown hair, beard, and mustache and wearing glasses, white collared shirt, and navy blue blazer, smiles and poses in front of a dark grey background.

    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 3 comments on BU Alum George Wein, Founder of Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, Dies at 95

  1. This article goes around like like a carousel, striking appropriate gongs at regular intervals, until it stops back where it started. Next to the end, the reference to Louise Kennedy makes me wonder if she’s related to Catherine Kennedy, to whom I gave my photo –like pearls–, my letter about that appearing in the Winter-Spring issue of Bostonia, along with the photo.

    If you haven’t read my letter, it was about my involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in the ’60s & ’70s. Nobody’s answered with what happened to –like pearls– (this is the only substitute I can find for italics – seems there’s no way to format these Comments like a Word doc) and I still wonder what’s become of it.

    I played trumpet in high school and recently bought a beautiful King Silver Sonic cornet, but haven’t been able to practice it much – my lip is from hunger. I do play piano though, having given recitals at the Memory Care Center where my wife died of complications of vascular dementia – another of our scourges. I’m self-taught on piano though, nowhere near Wein’s level of accomplishment.

    I presently have saved a copy of the 1955 (?) Newport Jazz Festival, which I listen to often on my TV; it’s called –Jazz on a Summer’s Day– and has wonderful performances by Gerry Mulligan, Mahalia, Satchel Mouth, & so many others.

    As an aside Mr. Brown, I see you’ve written many contributions to the Boston Globe; I’m a classmate of Tim Leland (Nobles ’56) and have just been in contact with him about another extremely useful Classmate, Newell Flather, who was in the 1st contingent of Peace Corps workers who went to Ghana in 1970 (?– forgotten) and taught the people there so many useful things such as better irrigation & etc.

    One other thing: when it talks about interracial marriage being illegal in Louisiana, I found my teeth clenching, as I thought of the word “miscegenation” – one that still appears in English language dictiionaries, but shouldn’t.

    Thank you so much for this article on George Wein; I wish I’d known him. –dc

  2. I enjoyed the article very much. I graduated from BU in 1964. I did go to the Newport Jazz Festival two times. So thank you,Mr Wein,for all of your achievements and improving the world.

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