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George Wein on the New York Scene and the Upcoming Festival

The impresario blogs about a recent (and rare) trip to Brooklyn to check out one of the younger bands scheduled to perform at Carefusion Jazz Festival New York

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We announced the schedule for the CareFusion New York Jazz Festival a few days ago and after 60 years of producing jazz events I can still get excited; actually, more than usual.

On a lowering February night, Jef Soubiran and his brother Joce invited me to their club in Brooklyn to hear one of the groups who will appear on the CareFusion New York Jazz Festival in June (17th, to be exact). I have been living in Manhattan since 1960 and visiting New York City since 1939. I might have crossed the bridge into Brooklyn two dozen times. It is like another world to me and I am fascinated with what I discover every time I go there. Zebulon is a club situated in a particular section of Wythe Ave. in, I believe, Williamsburg, that has the sinister feeling of an iron curtain country in the depths of the Cold War. It appears to be totally deserted and on a cold winter night you could almost feel that Harry Lime (disguised as Orson Welles “The Third Man”) was lurking in a dark doorway of an abandoned warehouse. Nevertheless, with Andrew driving and through the use of the invaluable G.P.S. system, we found where we were going.

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