Scene Last Night: Schwarzman, Blankfein, Paulson, Coffey

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Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on the "second line" at the Jazz at Lincoln Center gala, which marked its 25th anniversary.

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Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on the "second line" at the Jazz at Lincoln Center gala, which marked its 25th anniversary. Close

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Tony James, president of Blackstone Group LP, and Patti Fast, wife of Eric C. Fast, CEO of Crane Co. Close

Tony James, president of Blackstone Group LP, and Patti Fast, wife of Eric C. Fast, CEO of Crane Co.

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David Crosby, singer, songwriter and guitarist with Crosby, Stills and Nash, with Len Blavatnik, owner of Warner Music Group, and his wife, Emily Blavatnik. Close

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Graham Nash, singer and songwriter of Crosby, Stills and Nash, and his wife, Susan Sennett. Close

Graham Nash, singer and songwriter of Crosby, Stills and Nash, and his wife, Susan Sennett.

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Arthur Sulzberger Jr., chairman of the New York Times Company, left, and Steve Schwarzman, chairman and CEO of Blackstone Group LP. Close

Arthur Sulzberger Jr., chairman of the New York Times Company, left, and Steve Schwarzman, chairman and CEO of Blackstone Group LP.

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Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Richard Zabel, deputy U.S. attorney in Bharara's office. Close

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Richard Zabel, deputy U.S. attorney in Bharara's office.

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Anthony Scaramucci, founder of Skybridge Capital. Close

Anthony Scaramucci, founder of Skybridge Capital.

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Jenny Paulson and John Paulson. Close

Jenny Paulson and John Paulson.

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Gillian Miniter, a trustee of Central Park Conservancy. Close

Gillian Miniter, a trustee of Central Park Conservancy.

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Kelly Coffey, deputy CEO of the U.S. private bank at JPMorgan Chase & Co., and John Rosenwald, a vice chairman emeritus at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Close

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Beth Canavan, executive vice president at Tiffany & Co., Anne Harrison, president of the Women’s Committee of Central Park Conservancy, and Caroline Naggiar, chief marketing officer of Tiffany & Co. The company sponsors the event. Close

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Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein and Blackstone Group LP (BX) President Tony James listened to Crosby, Stills and Nash last night.

“‘Wooden Ships’ is my favorite,” said James after the concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center. “I used to put it on when I was in college. I’d sit in my room and listen to the song over and over.”

The gala raised $3.7 million, said Valentino Carlotti, a board member of the institution and a partner at Goldman Sachs.

At the post-concert dinner, Graham Nash, David Crosby and Stephen Stills table-hopped.

Then a “second line” of musicians (among them Wynton Marsalis and Vince Giordano) and supporters (such as Lisa Schiff and her daughter Ashley Ramos) wove past guests (including Len Blavatnik, whose Warner Music Group owns the Crosby, Stills and Nash catalog).

Salmon Paper

Meanwhile, Blackstone Chairman Steve Schwarzman and SkyBridge Capital II LLC founder Anthony Scaramucci stopped in at the Financial Times 125th anniversary party held at a mansion on East 63rd Street.

“I love the FT,” Schwarzman said. “I think it’s the most international paper, and you hear about things you can’t hear elsewhere.”

“Have you seen any criminal defendants?” said Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, standing in a courtyard where musicians, dressed as newsies at the request of the FT event planners, played jazz.

Hat Luncheon

The gala fundraising started before noon in Central Park at the annual Hat Luncheon of the park’s conservancy.

“It’s a beautiful day, isn’t it?” said hedge-fund manager John Paulson in a soft voice. He’d started it with a bicycle ride in the park and was about to receive a medal for his support, including a $100 million gift last year.

Paulson’s wife, Jenny, dressed in a white Alexander McQueen pantsuit with hand-painted dragonflies, accepted on their behalf.

“Central Park stole my heart a long time ago,” she said, noting the park’s springtime “explosion of colors as magnolias, cherry blossoms, tulips and azaleas bloom.”

“The crabapples are at their best,” said Douglas Blonsky, president and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy.

Representing JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM), a sponsor of the event, was Kelly Coffey, deputy CEO of its U.S. private bank. As for the hats: one was decked with teddy bears, another had a snake, and another riffed on the frilly bone booties for a crown roast. The event raised $3.3 million.

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

Muse highlights include Jaime Widder, Andy Fixmer and Robert Heller on music.

To contact the writer on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net or on Twitter at @amandagordon.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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