In the most simple and direct terms, Ilhan Ersahin can be described as a saxophone instrumentalist, composer, music producer, club owner, jazz festival curator, and proprietor of his own record label. Broad as that may sound, it does little to explain who Ersahin truly is and what defines him as a musician.

Another integral element of Ersahin’s process has been the now-famous club Nublu that he opened in the East Village in 2002, a few years after Wax Poetic. The club itself has become a Mecca in its own right, attracting musicians who have recorded and toured with the likes of Herbie Hancock, David Byrne, Sun Ra, Beck, John Zorn, and Tom Waits from all over the world, including Turkey, France , South America, Jamaica, Eastern Europe and all parts in between.


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