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Paul Winter: Jazz At The Kennedy White House

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy shakes Paul Winter’s hand afte the concert. (Paul Winter)

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy shakes Paul Winter’s hand afte the concert. (Paul Winter)

In November of 1962, The New York Herald Tribune ran this headline: “Man, It’s Jazz at the White House.” And it was. First lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, had invited the The Paul Winter Sextet to perform the first ever jazz concert at the White House.

The racially integrated band was led by Paul Winter — a 23 year old white saxophone player, who had embraced the sounds of Chicago’s south side jazz scene. Today, Paul Winter is best known for the Paul Winter Consort which blends new age and world music.

But 50 years ago, he was a pure jazz man. And not long after that historic performance in the East Room of the White House, his sextet was recording its final album when news came of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Paul Winter, jazz musician.


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