Wine studied piano at Margarett Chaloff, Sam Sax, and Teddy Wilson, and began at a young age to earn his money with jazz music. In 1946, he collaborated with Max Kaminsky, 1947, Edmond Hall, 1948 Wild Bill Davison, Jimmy McPartland then with Bobby Hackett, Jo Jones, Vic Dickenson and others.
In 1950 he opened his first with the Storyville Club in Boston. Under the same name he ran his own record label Storyville until 1965. Since 1954 he organized the Newport Jazz Festival. Over time, he initiated with his wife Joyce Wine other important festivals such as the Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice, the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fair and the Boston Globe Jazz Festival. From 1964 he was involved with Ralf Schulte- Bahrenberg and Joachim Ernst Berendt in organizing the Berlin Jazz Days. Besides wine went on music and taught jazz in his hometown of Boston. In 1959, he visited with an All Star Group Europe. In 2007, he sold the rights to the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival at the Festival Network LLC, headed by Chris Shields, who continued the festival with a changed concept.
George Wein has received numerous awards for his contributions to jazz. He was honored with the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship in 2005. In 2011 he received the Bruce Lundvall Award at the Jazz Festival in Montreal.
- Wine, Women And Song ( 1955)
- The Magic Horn Of George Wein (1956 )
- George Wein & The Newport All-Stars (1963 )
- George Wein Is Alive And Well In Mexico ( 1967)
- George Wein's Newport All-Stars ' (1969 )
- Tribute To Duke ( 1969)
- The Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars (1984 )
- European Tour (1987 )
- Red Norvo: Swing That Music ( Affinity, 1993)
- Pee Wee Russell: We're In The Money ( Black Lion, 1953-54 )