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Ilhan Ersahin: Kind of Nublu

Nublu owner Ilhan Ersahin

On the edge of the East Village is a white door illuminated by a single blue light. You could easily wander past 62 Avenue C and, if you notice it at all, think the entrance leads to nothing more than an unexceptional residence. But like so many buildings in New York City, its plain façade belies the colorful activities inside.

Behind the white door is Nublu, a nightclub run by saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin, 41. It’s tiny, holding 140 people maximum, but the buzz-worthy venue has already spawned one superstar vocalist, Norah Jones, and one increasingly popular band, Brazilian Girls. Jones sang with Wax Poetics, one of Ersahin’s numerous collectives, for two years after she moved to New York from Texas. Brazilian Girls, whose second album Talk to La Bomb just came out on Verve Forecast, met each other and developed their sound while holding down a residency at Nublu.

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