NEW YORK — George Winston, the Grammy-winning pianist who blended jazz, classical, folks and different stylings on such million-selling albums as “Autumn,” “Winter Into Spring” and “December,” has died at age 73.
In response to an announcement on his web site www.georgewinston.com, confirmed by a spokesman, Winston died Sunday after a 10-year battle with most cancers.
“All through his most cancers remedies, George continued to write down and file new music, and he stayed true to his biggest ardour: performing for dwell audiences whereas elevating funds for Feeding America to assist struggle the nationwide starvation disaster together with donating proceeds from every of his concert events to native meals banks,” a press release on his web site reads.
His most up-to-date album, “Night time,” got here out final 12 months.
Winston was a local of Hart, Michigan, who grew up in Montana, Florida and Mississippi and drew upon influences starting from Fat Waller to the Doorways. He launched greater than a dozen solo piano albums, together with soundtracks for the TV miniseries “This Is America, Charlie Brown” and “The Velveteen Rabbit,” which featured Meryl Streep’s narration of the kids’s basic.
His 1995 launch “Forest” gained a Grammy for greatest New Age recording, whereas his Doorways tribute “Night time Divides the Day” obtained a Grammy nomination in 2004 for greatest up to date instrumental album.
“I got here up with the melodic type that I play in 1971, and I’ve all the time referred to as it ‘People Piano,’ (or extra precisely ‘Rural People Piano’), since it’s melodic and never sophisticated in its strategy, like folks guitar choosing and folks songs, and has a rural sensibility,” reads a quote from a “Q & A” part on his site.
“I simply play the songs the most effective I can, impressed by the seasons and the topographies and areas, and, often, by sociological components, and attempt to enhance as a participant over time.”