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George Wein Performs at Jazz & Heritage Center Grand Opening

Audience members at the grand opening party for the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center were thrilled to hear a performance by the building's namesake, George Wein.

Mr. Wein, 89, gave touchingly candid remarks, then moved to the piano where he debuted a new blues song he had written for the occasion.

To a lively, lilting melody, he sang and rapped lyrics that shed light on his relationship with New Orleans - including race relations in the city - and the birth of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The song concluded endearingly, with the lines:

When you're parading down Rampart
You'll hear me sing this song
When you parade down Rampart
You'll hear me singing this song
I'm gonna tell them that Georgie Wein and Joyce
Were here and gone

See a video - recorded by Jazz & Heritage Foundation board president Demetric Mercadel - here.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.