2010 might become known as the year George Wein woke up and smelled the freebop. The octogenarian impresario has had his moments of being asleep at the switch programming-wise, but last winter, he hit a handful of Brooklyn jazz joints and came away refreshed by their intimacy and the music’s impact. That means up-and-comers have a seat at the table with the superstars at this year’s 10-day CareFusion Jazz Festival. So, today, when the Keith Jarrett Trio rings their final note at Carnegie, audience members can hustle to W’burg to hear Mostly Other People Do the Killing at Zebulon. Barbès, the Flushing Town Hall, and the Jazz Gallery are all falling under the CareFusion umbrella for a few days as well. From a club gig by the superb young trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire to the 85th birthday bash of saxophonist James Moody, a refreshing aesthetic breath will be in the air. Placing a bet on the future is something jazz needs right now.
June 17-26, 2010