NEWPORT, RI — Today, following the passing of legendary music producer George Wein, the founder of two iconic Newport music festivals, U.S. Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement:

“George Wein was a gifted musician, producer, and creator.  He shared his gifts with the world and made it a better place.  He brought people together and produced the soundtrack of freedom for a generation of Americans.  I am so grateful for his many years of friendship.  His art, spirit, and musical legacy live on.”