“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 and also found on the festival Web site.
“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.
About CareFusion Corporation
CareFusion (NYSE:CFN) is a global corporation serving the health care industry with products and services that help hospitals measurably improve the safety and quality of care. The company develops market-leading technologies including Alaris® IV pumps, Pyxis® automated dispensing and patient identification systems, AVEA® and Pulmonetic Systems ventilation and respiratory products, ChloraPrep® products, MedMined(TM) services for infection surveillance, NeuroCare neurological monitoring and diagnostic products, V. Mueller® surgical instruments, and an extensive line of products that support interventional medicine. CareFusion employs more than 15,000 people across its global operations.
About George Wein
Jazz Impresario and NEA Jazz Master George Wein has spearheaded hundreds of music events annually since 1954 when he produced the first Newport Jazz Festival - an event that started the “festival era” and advanced the concept of live music. He pioneered the idea of sponsor association with music events and continues that tradition with CareFusion. At 84, Wein produces stellar music events through his company New Festival Productions, LLC and performs internationally with his band, the Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars. Honors and awards have been bestowed upon him by Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, the Government of France, AARP, the Studio Museum in Harlem and other organizations around the world. Wein’s autobiography, Myself Among Others: A Life in Music, was recognized by the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) as 2004’s best book about jazz. The JJA also named him 2009’s Events Producer of the Year. In addition to his life in jazz, Wein has a long history of involvement with philanthropy and the arts.