The CareFusion Jazz Festival New York Reached Over 23,000 Fans

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CareFusion Jazz Festival New York Reaches Over 23,000

CareFusion Jazz Festival New York
Found New Fans, New Friends and Renewed Faith in the Future of Jazz

Quote startThe festival also provided us the opportunity to
help raise awareness and funding for patient safety.Quote end

New York, NY (PRWE
July 21, 2010

Jazz reared her beautiful head June 17 – 26 and
more than 23,000 people turned out to greet her when the CareFusion Jazz
Festival New York presented 45 concerts at 20 venues throughout
Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

“I can’t thank the jazz community enough for the overwhelming support
of this year’s festival,” said George Wein, CEO of New Festival
Productions. “It was a risk to take the festival in a different
direction, especially after not presenting a series last June. But, it
paid off in a big way as music fans, new and old, filled concert halls,
clubs, parks, galleries and museums to hear multiple styles of jazz in
diverse settings.”

Attendance figures include more than 7,000 people who heard concerts
featuring Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette, Chris Botti and
Herbie Hancock at Carnegie Hall; more than 5,000 attendees who took over
Central Park SummerStage for McCoy Tyner with Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza
Spalding and Francisco Mela plus the Stanley Clarke Band with Hiromi;
and nearly 4,800 fans that turned out for Bitches Brew Revisited and the
Mike Stern Trio at Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell.
Rounding out the total are the full capacity audiences of young people
who celebrated jazz at the clubs and the concert-goers at other venues
across the city.

“We were pleased to support the return of the New York summer jazz
festival as part of the launch of our company’s brand,” said Dave
Schlotterbeck, chairman and CEO of CareFusion. “The festival also
provided us the opportunity to help raise awareness and funding for
patient safety.”

Festival partners also felt the impact of being a part of the
CareFusion Jazz Festival New York.

“It was a real honor to collaborate with George Wein on the
CareFusion Jazz Festival. Our three nights at Barbès were a great
success. Not only were they widely publicized and very well attended,
but with the help of the festival we were able to reach out to audiences
that might not have otherwise come to Barbès. By incorporating smaller
venues and large concert halls in one festival, people really felt that
they were part of a wider celebration of music. It should happen more
often,” said Olivier Conan, co-owner of the Brooklyn club.

Rio Sakairi, talent booker for the Jazz Gallery, stated, “One of the
most exciting things for us about being part of the CareFusion Jazz
Festival New York was to be able to bring more attention to artists who
we feel could really benefit from the kind of exposure and credibility
only the caliber of this event could provide. The festival brought wider
recognition of The Jazz Gallery, our artists, and our mission. It also
presented opportunities to collaborate with other venues and
institutions such as WBGO and the Symphony Space. Working with New
Festival Productions and Mr. Wein was a blast and we had an amazing time
being part of the Festival.”

Laura Kaminsky, Artistic Director at Symphony Space, added, “Our
participation in the CareFusion Jazz Festival was a perfect fit for us
as an institution and we were honored and proud to be associated with
the festival. The range of styles offered on our five concerts could
not have been more diverse … Audiences were happy every night;
Symphony Space was alive with great jazz. Long live CareFusion!”

For more of the best of established and rising stars, head to scenic
Newport, RI, August 6 – 8 for the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival
featuring three days of music on multiple stages. Artists include Herbie
Hancock; Chick Corea and The Freedom Band with Kenny Garrett, Christian
McBride & Roy Haynes; Ahmad Jamal; Wynton Marsalis; Maria Schneider
Orchestra; Jamie Cullum; Chris Botti; Arturo O’Farrill and the
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Jason Moran’s Bandwagon, and many more. For
tickets and more information, visit

*Newport Jazz Festival® is a registered service mark of George Wein
and Festival Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.

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