Paul Winter: A Jazz Pioneer Influenced By 'The Greater Symphony Of The Earth'Download Audio
Paul Winter: A Jazz Pioneer Influenced By 'The Greater Symphony Of The Earth'
If you know Paul Winter, you're most likely to know him as the musician who -- more than anyone else -- fused jazz and environmentalism, with a long series of recordings celebrating nature and lamenting extinction. He has come to be known most of all for his Solstice concerts at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
But before all that happened, Paul was a straight-ahead jazz musician in the 1960s. He formed a sextet that included some of the hottest young talents in Chicago. They toured South America and then, 50 years ago today, at the behest of Jackie Kennedy, gave the first ever jazz concert in the White House.
Today, the man whose recordings have incorporated the sounds of birds, whales, wolves, and mountain lions and who is rightly considered one of the early spark plugs of the world music movement, turns his gaze back to the 1960s.
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