Hancock Performing Arts Center

7140 Stennis Airport Drive

Kiln, MS 39556

Phone: (228) 255-6247

The Hancock Performing Arts Center provides meaningful opportunities in drama, music, dance, writing, and film. This state-of-the art center encourages exploration in a wide variety of educational, entertainment, and cultural programs that enhances the artistic community of the Gulf Coast.

George Winston grew up mainly in Montana and also spent his later formative years in Mississippi and Florida. During this time, his favorite music was instrumental rock and instrumental R&B, including Floyd Cramer, the Ventures, Booker T & The MG’s, Jimmy Smith, and many more. Inspired by R&B, jazz, blues, and rock (especially the Doors), George began playing the organ in 1967.

In 1971 he switched to the acoustic piano after hearing recordings from the 1920s and the 1930s by the legendary stride pianists Thomas “Fats” Waller and the late Teddy Wilson. In addition to working on stride piano, he also at this time came up with his own style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, called 'Folk Piano'.

George is presently concentrating mainly on live performances, and most of the time he is touring playing solo piano concerts (the Summer Show or the Winter Show), solo guitar concerts, solo harmonica concerts, and solo piano dances (with R&B and slow dance songs).

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