CareFusion Corp Sponsoring NY, Newport and Other Jazz Festivals

Newport Jazz Festival

Well, whaddya know, looks like New York will have a Jazz Festival after all next year. CareFusion Corp, a medical technology company, is picking up where flagship sponsor JVC left off and sponsoring events in Newport, Chicago, Monterey, Sydney, Paris and NYC. Hey, what goes better together than medical technology and jazz?

NEW YORK – A new sponsor has emerged to resurrect New York’s flagship jazz festival and help support some of the country’s largest and oldest jazz events, organizers said Tuesday.

CareFusion Corp, a medical technology firm being spun off from Cardinal Health, will be the festival’s new corporate sponsor for an event next summer.

This year the curtain fell on the JVC Jazz Festival New York after the Japanese electronics company said it would not be sponsoring any jazz events in 2009.

But jazz impresario George Wein, who arranged the 1984 JVC sponsorship, said he plans to produce a festival at Carnegie Hall and other venues the last two weeks of June 2010 thanks to a new deal.

CareFusion also will sponsor this year’s Aug. 7-9 jazz festival in Newport, Rhode Island, which will feature Tony Bennett, Branford Marsalis, Dave Brubeck and Etta James, among others. [AP/Yahoo! News]