Coronavirus-Related Cancellations and Postponements

A running list of what's being rescheduled in the jazz world

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in better times

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the jazz community. Bars, restaurants, and clubs have been ordered to close in major cities throughout the United States and around the world, leaving musicians gigless for the foreseeable future. Although small gatherings of people are still permitted in some places as of the time this was written, they have been strongly discouraged due to the possibility of spreading the extremely contagious coronavirus. And many festivals, concert series, and other events have been either canceled, postponed indefinitely, or rescheduled for later dates—including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the DC JazzFest, and the Montreal Jazz Festival. The following alphabetically ordered list, which will be regularly updated, is an attempt to keep track of coronavirus-related cancellations and other schedule changes; please visit the events’ websites to confirm.

Atlanta Jazz Festival, Atlanta, GA: Postponed, new dates TBD
Bang on a Can Long Play Festival, Brooklyn, NY: Postponed, new dates TBD
Big Ears Festival, Knoxville, TN: Canceled for 2020
Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, Reading, PA: Canceled for 2020, next festival will be April 9-18, 2021
Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Cape Town, South Africa: Postponed, new dates TBD
Capital University Jazz & World Music Festival, Columbus, OH: Canceled for 2020
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY: All events canceled through January 7, 2021
CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, Rochester, NY: Canceled, new dates possible in the fall
Chandler Jazz Festival, Chandler, AZ: Canceled for 2020; next festival will be in April 2021, dates TBD
Cully Jazz Festival, Cully, Switzerland: Canceled for 2020
DC JazzFest, Washington, DC: Virtual festival scheduled for Sept. 24-28
Django A Gogo 2020, Town Hall, New York, NY: Rescheduled for Oct. 8, 2020
Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival, New York, NY: Postponed, new dates TBD
Exit Zero Jazz Festival, Cape May, NJ: Rescheduled for Nov. 6-8, 2020 and April 23-25, 2021
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada: Canceled for 2020
Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette, LA: Canceled, new dates TBD
Festival Jazz & Blues de Saguenay, Jonquiere, QC, Canada: Canceled for 2020
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival: Canceled for 2020; live performances will be streamed over the festival weekend (June 26-28)
French Quarter Jazzfest, New Orleans, LA: Rescheduled for Oct. 1-4, 2020
Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Cork, Ireland: Canceled for 2020
Hull Jazz Festival, Hull, UK: Rescheduled for Nov. 12-15, 2020
Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, Interlochen, MI: Will run virtually from June 28-July 19, 2020; visit website for details
International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert, Cape Town, South Africa: Canceled; a free virtual forum featuring various artists and exclusive webcasts took place on International Jazz Day (April 30)
Istanbul Jazz Festival, Istanbul, Turkey: Postponed, new dates TBD
Jazzahead! Conference, Bremen, Germany: Canceled for 2020; next conference will be April 29-May 2, 2021
JazzBaltica, Niendorf, Germany: Canceled for 2020; next festival will be June 24-27, 2021
Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY: All events canceled through June 30
Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz & R&B Festival, Las Vegas, NV: Canceled for 2020
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC: All events for 2020 canceled or postponed
Made in New York 7th Annual International Jazz Gala, New York, NY: Canceled
Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA: Postponed until Sept. 24-26, 2021; virtual festival on YouTube Sept. 25-27
Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland: Canceled for 2020; next festival will be July 2-17, 2021
National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters events, San Francisco, CA: Postponed, new dates TBD
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA: Canceled for 2020
Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI: Canceled for 2020
Northern Michigan University Jazz Festival, Marquette, MI: Canceled for 2020
Pensacola Jazzfest, Pensacola, FL: Canceled, new dates TBD
Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, Pittsburgh, PA: Postponed, new dates TBD
Playboy Jazz Festival, Hollywood, CA: Canceled for 2020
Princeton University Jazz Festival, Princeton, NJ: Canceled for 2020
Reno Jazz Festival, Reno, NV: Canceled for 2020; next festival will be April 22-24, 2021
Riga Jazz Stage, Riga, Latvia: Canceled for 2020; next festival will be April 8-10, 2021
Rockport Music, Rockport, MA: All events canceled until September 30
Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, St. Lucia: Canceled for 2020
San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, San Jose, CA: Canceled for 2020
Savannah Music Festival, Savannah, GA: Canceled, new dates TBD
Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Panama City, FL: Canceled for 2020; next festival will be April 21-25, 2021
SFJAZZ, San Francisco, CA: All events through Aug. 31 postponed
SJZ Summer Jazz Camp, San Diego, CA: Canceled for 2020
Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, SC: Canceled for 2020; next festival will be May 28-June 13, 2021
Sunfest, West Palm Beach, FL: Canceled for 2020; next festival will be April 29-May 2, 2021
TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada: Canceled for 2020
TD Victoria International JazzFest, Victoria, BC, Canada: Canceled for 2020
UCLA Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA), Los Angeles, CA: Remainder of 2019-20 season postponed
Umbria Jazz, Perugia, Italy: Canceled for 2020; next festival will be July 9-18, 2021
UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, Greeley, CO: Canceled for 2020; next festival will be April 22-24, 2021
Vossa Jazz, Voss, Norway: Canceled for 2020; next festival will be March 26-28, 2021

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