George Wein Announces 2010 Dates for CareFusion New York Jazz Festival

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Lester Levy

George Wein

When the JVC Jazz Festival New York was cancelled in 2009 due to the economic difficulties of the presenter – The Festival Network – jazz fans in New York City were heartbroken One of those heartbroken jazz fans happened to be George Wein, the founder and original presenter of the festival going back to the days of Newport and Kool. With the help of sponsorship from health-care corporation CareFusion and the support of his longtime staffers and allies, Wein, under the aegis of his new company New Festival Productions, managed to resurrect the Newport event which had also been cancelled, but there was not enough time to mount a New York festival from scratch. Nonetheless Wein virtually promised that a New York festival would return, somehow or some way.

Today, dates were announced for the 2010 CareFusion New York Jazz Festival, which will take over the city for ten days, in very much the same way that JVC did for 20-some years and Kool did before that. The festival will take place June 16-27 at various venues scattered throughout the city. In a press release received at JT, Wein credited his sponsor and his own legacy for the revival of the event. “”When CareFusion came on board to sponsor the 2009 jazz festival in Newport, I called it a miracle. When they agreed to sponsor the 2010 festival in New York, it was a sign that the tradition we established in 1972 could continue,” said Mr. Wein. “However, producing a major jazz festival in New York is always a challenge,” he added. “With outstanding music presented nightly in the clubs and concert halls, this city is a festival all year round. So, to give jazz fans the great festival they deserve, we’re keeping in mind lyrics by my friend Johnny Mercer, ‘Accentuate the Positive.'”

The talent lineups have not been finalized and will not be announced for a few months, but Wein has confirmed that the basic structure of the festival remains unchanged, with shows taking place at familiar venues, both indoor and outdoor in the early summer. Among the venues are: Carnegie Hall, City Parks Foundation’s Central Park SummerStage, Crotona Park in the Bronx, City Winery, Harlem Stage Gatehouse, The Jazz Gallery, Jazz Standard, (Le) Poisson Rouge; Louis Armstrong House Museum, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Peter Norton Symphony Space; Prospect Park Bandshell: Celebrate Brooklyn; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Studio Museum in Harlem; and The Town Hall.

JT will announce confirmed lineups when they’re announced. For more information about the festival, go to event’s web site.