"This page is a tribute to George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival. The dynamic presence of these Festivals in Newport inspired the founding of the Newport International Hostel over thirteen years ago. I encourage everyone browsing through these photos to attend a Newport Jazz or Folk Festival at least once in their lifetime." Merrilee Zellner, owner, the Newport International Hostel
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"The First American Jazz Festival
Referred to as a Mecca of jazz, the Newport Jazz Festival draws thousands of people from all over the world to Newport, Rhode Island, a city which is famed in its spectacular coastal scenery and awe-inspiring architecture. The Newport festival, started in 1954, and was the first jazz festival in America and has been the stage for legendary performances from artist the likes of: Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Miles Davis; as well at the stage for the major debuts of artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Joshua Redman and Esperanza Spalding. " - from the Newport Jazz Festival web site
"The Newport Folk Festival was founded in 1959 by George Wein, founder of the already-well-established Newport Jazz Festival, backed by its original board: Theodore Bikel, Oscar Brand, Pete Seeger and Albert Grossman.
The Festival is renowned for introducing a number of performers who went on to become major stars, most notably Joan Baez (who appeared as an unannounced guest of Bob Gibson in 1959), and Bob Dylan, whose first Newport appearance, as a guest of Joan Baez in 1963, is generally regarded as his premiere national performance. Dylan and Baez also played together in 1964. Dylan became the artist most notably associated with the festival." - from Wikipedia. Newport Folk Festival web site