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Here’s to the Ladies

Impresario George Wein blogs about how jazz women have become a big part of his festivals

Anat Cohen
On February 25th, the New York Times acknowledged that the “Old Hand Tries a New Approach to Jazz Festivals.” I know my age, but for … Read More "Here’s to the Ladies"
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Esperanza Spalding

On February 25th, the New York Times acknowledged that the “Old Hand Tries a New Approach to Jazz Festivals.” I know my age, but for some strange reason I don’t feel old and as far as a “new approach,” nothing is really “new.” It’s just how you package what you already know. I have been producing festivals and concerts for over 60 years and I honestly don’t think I ever had an original thought in my head. (I’m sure some writers will want to take this “out of context”.) What I did was always try to “create” something a little different. There have been all kinds of festivals since the middle ages. All-star jazz concerts are part of jazz history, e.g. Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall and JATP. I have managed not to copy others, but when you have been in the game for over 60 years, you often find it difficult not to copy yourself. That’s what I’m trying to avoid with the CareFusion Jazz Festival New York (CFJFNY). It is a challenge.

A major event on the festival is a free concert at SummerStage which we have been able to produce with the sponsorship contribution of CareFusion and the cooperation of James Burke from the City Parks Foundation on June 23 at 7pm. This concert will be packed, so get there early and wait for the gates to be opened. SummerStage is in the heart of Central Park and it is a short walk to get there from the East and West 72nd Street entrances to the park.

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