Rochester Jazz Festival 2021 has been canceled | Art

Immediately after an endeavor to help you save this year’s edition of the CGI Rochester Intercontinental Jazz Pageant by pushing it back a thirty day period and shifting the locale from downtown to the  Rochester Institute of Technology campus in Henrietta, the event’s producers declared Monday that they had been canceling the event.

Organizers said the competition would now be postponed by practically a yr to June 17-twenty five, 2022 — even though it was not right away very clear wherever it would be staged.

“We will be back up coming yr and are committed to making every effort to transfer ahead in downtown Rochester and also discover growing the competition with programming at Rochester Institute of Technology,” co-producer Marc Iacona said.

The cancellation marked the next yr in a row the competition would not just take area. 

Final year’s competition was to be staged, as it usually is, in late June. The onset of the pandemic compelled its postponement, 1st to October 2020, and then later on, to July thirty by way of Aug. seven this yr at the RIT campus.

Iacona and his co-producer, John Nugent, declared in February that they had been shifting the competition to RIT to much better adhere to state wellness suggestions.

That determination was extensively panned by longtime festivalgoers and downtown organization proprietors, who said they loved and counted on the 9 times of everyday living the event injected into the city’s downtown core.

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The relocation would have been an economic blow to the city, especially East Conclusion bars and dining places that provide as venues for the event, which organizers estimate attracts upward of two hundred,000 men and women per year.

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  • Trombone Shorty executed at the East/Alexander Stage as aspect of the 2013 Xerox Rochester Intercontinental Jazz Pageant.

The jazz competition is the most current of Rochester’s competition staples to terminate in 2021. Organizers for the Corn Hill Arts Pageant and the Park Avenue Pageant not long ago declared that they would maintain off staging their occasions this yr.

Nugent cleanly outlined the challenges confronted by the jazz competition in saying the most current postponement.

“My heart is large,” Nugent said. “All of our colleagues, with whom we guide a great deal of the incredible expertise we current, postponed their festivals months ago. We did not want to toss in the towel but we are now remaining with no feasible alternatives.

“As we experimented with to plan, the plethora of logistical obstacles like capability limits, border closures, artists hesitant to journey, constrained availability of expertise to guide, visas for global artists now invalid, and much more.”

Holders of Club Passes for the canceled jazz festivals may possibly redeem them at the occasions in possibly 2022 or 2023, organizers said. Club Passes for the 2022 competition will go on sale in October.

Organizers said competition updates and answers to routinely requested queries will be supplied on the festival’s web page at

David Andreatta is CITY’s editor. He can be arrived at at [email protected]

Jeff Spevak is the arts and leisure editor at WXXI Information, a media lover of Metropolis.

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