George Winston denies ‘father of new age’ reputation


Some artists love the New Age music tag, others hate it. George Winston is, well, “not that happy” about his New Age music association. To newspaper Colorado Springs Independent he says:

“I have nothing to do with that, and I have a vasectomy anyway,” Winston tells with a laugh. “That’s a misnomer. I have nothing to do with anything spiritual. I just play the song. It’s kind of like if someone called you Jim, and that’s not your name. I don’t know where that came from. I don’t even know what it is.”

Indeed Winston’s inspirations go well beyond navel-gazing. He forsook playing organ after getting turned on to the stride piano stylings of Fats Waller and Teddy Wilson. Winston never looked back and went on to become a self-described “rural folk pianist.”

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