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George Winston brings "Winter" a bit early to the DIA

of the Oakland Press

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The weather may be temperate this week, but George Winston is still coming to town ready to play his “winter” show, featuring pieces from the “Autumn” and “Winter Into Spring” entries in his season album cycle.

“I try to alternate each time I play some place, so this will be the winter show,” explains the Michigan-born pianist, who turned 60 this year. But he adds the DIA crowd can expect more from a recording career that began in earnest some 30 years ago.

“There’ll be some folk piano, some R&B, some of Vince Guaraldi’s pieces. I’ll treat it as a regular show. There will be lots of music.”

Winston is still creating plenty of music these days. Earlier this year he released “Love Will Come — The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Volume 2,” which features a number of Guaraldi’s jazz and “Peanuts” songs and even one piece of previously untitled “Peanuts” music that Winston received permission to title “Love Will Come 2.” He’s also working on a sequel to his 2006 album “Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions: A Hurricane Relief Benefit,” which will come out next year to benefit those impacted by the BP oil leak.

“The first ‘Gulf’ album was more New Orleans than Gulf in temperament,” explains Winston, who also plays Hawaiian slack key guitar. “This will be more Gulf than New Orleans. They’re both sides of the same coin, and you can’t have one without the other.

“We get back into the studio in December. I haven’t got it all decided yet, but I think I’m pretty close. It’s good to let a little time go by, anyway, and have that lag in there and ... count to 10 before you issue something. Or count to a thousand, you know?”

George Winston performs at 7 and 8:30 p.m. at Friday Night Live! Oct. 15, at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. The evening will also include a poetry reading by Matthew Olzmann and drawing and crafts projects for both youths and adults. The events are free with museum admission. Call 313-833-7900 or visit www.dia.org.

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