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Ilhan Ersahin (US)

A jazz saxophonist, Ersahin released She Said in 1996 and Home in 1997 to wide success, especially in his homeland of Turkey. But soon after he began to move in a different direction: fusing jazz with electronic dance music, a then-burgeoning genre.

The result was Wax Poetic, a group that had elements of Thievery Corporation and Joe Henderson all at once. Ilhan’s work with Wax Poetic brought him to collaborations with Saul Williams, N’Dea Davenport, and the then-unknown Norah Jones; and it also propelled him into the world of Nublu.

Nublu was the club Ersahin opened in the summer of 2002. Offering a truly unique, living-room-like environment for he and his fellow musicians, Nublu became a breeding ground for some...

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