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George Wein Announces Jazz Festival Dates

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — On the heels of a well-received 2009 jazz festival series, CareFusion, a leading global medical device company, and Jazz Impresario George Wein, announced details about the CareFusion Jazz Festival New York and dates for the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival.

"CareFusion's continued sponsorship of jazz, including the long-standing event in Newport and now bringing back the festival in New York, is nothing short of a miracle," said George Wein, world-famous jazz impresario and founder of the Newport Jazz Festival. "Since 1972, fans have been enjoying this celebration of artistic excellence. With CareFusion's exemplary support for the arts, it reinforces how companies are tying education and community engagement into their business practices."

Details for the two events announced include:

CareFusion Jazz Festival New York

The CareFusion Jazz Festival New York will be held June 17 – 26, 2010. After being without the annual jazz festival this past June for the first time in 37 years, jazz fans from around the world can celebrate the festival's return at this event. George Wein, along with his New Festival Productions, LLC, again will produce a 10-day festival that will cover the city with concerts. For the 2010 CareFusion Jazz Festival New York, Wein will be producing concerts in partnership with some of the city's most unique and culturally significant venues. The venues will include: 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. Most shows at partner venues will be priced between $15 to $20, making it possible for more music lovers to participate in festival events.

CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival

Returning to Rhode Island, the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival is slated for August 6 – 8, 2010. Last year, the Newport event drew 13,000 attendees.

These events represent some of the largest and oldest jazz festivals in the world, attracting both big-name and up-and-coming artists. Updates on artists and venues will be announced at a later date.

"CareFusion created the CareFusion Jazz Festival Series in 2009 to support the launch of its new brand and recognize individuals and organizations working to improve patient care," said David Schlotterbeck, chairman and chief executive officer of CareFusion. "Raising funds for and awareness of patient safety while helping support and preserve the arts is one major way we can give back to the community. We are thrilled to extend our sponsorship to embrace innovation, performance and change."

The company's "Rhythm of Care" initiative brings together organizations and people from health care to raise awareness for patient safety.

–by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers