(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Festival Productions concert impresario George Wein, originator and innovator of the Newport Folk and Newport Jazz Festivals, was hospitalized on August 4 for abdominal surgery to remove an obstruction caused by scar tissue from an old injury. The operation was successful, and he is recuperating. The condition was not serious.
Even though this occurred on the eve of the 50th Anniversary of his world-famous Newport Jazz Festival set for August 11-15, Wein is hoping to be able to make it to Newport for the festival, which will honor him as well as 50 years of great American music. George has been planning this celebration for over a year, and said today that he wants everyone to come out to the festival and "Keep on swinging!" -Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen