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Coronavirus-Related Cancellations and Postponements

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

A brass band outside the grounds of the 50th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
A brass band outside the grounds of the 50th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2019. The 2020 festival has been postponed until October because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (photo: Joel A. Siegel)

It has become increasingly clear over the last several days that the COVID-19 pandemic will have 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 Big Ears Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the DC JazzFest. 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.

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; online encore performances will stream every day from April 2-6 on the festival’s Facebook page

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 May 10

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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: Postponed until the fall, new dates TBD

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 June 5-7, 2020; November 6-8, 2020; and April 23-25, 2021

Festival International de Louisiane, Lafayette, LA: Canceled, new dates TBD

Festival Jazz & Blues de Saguenay, Jonquiere, QC: Canceled for 2020

French Quarter Jazzfest, New Orleans, LA: Rescheduled for Oct. 1-4, 2020

International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert, Cape Town, South Africa: Canceled; a free virtual forum featuring various artists and exclusive webcasts will take place on International Jazz Day (April 30)

Jazzahead! Conference, Bremen, Germany: Canceled for 2020; next conference will be April 29-May 2, 2021

Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY: All events canceled through April 15

Jazz Foundation of America “A Great Night in Harlem,” Apollo Theater, New York, NY: Postponed, new date TBD

Jazz House Kids Spring Gala 2020, City Winery, New York, NY: Postponed, new date TBD

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 canceled through May 10

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters events, San Francisco, CA: Postponed, new dates TBD

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA: Postponed until fall 2020, dates TBD

Northern Michigan University Jazz Festival, Marquette, MI: Canceled for 2020

Pensacola Jazzfest, Pensacola, FL: Canceled, new dates TBD

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

Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, St. Lucia: Canceled for 2020

Savannah Music Festival, Savannah, GA: Canceled, new dates TBD; new online performances will stream every day at 12:30 PM EDT from March 26-April 11 on the SMF YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram pages

Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Panama City, FL: Canceled for 2020; next festival will be April 21-25, 2021

SFJAZZ, San Francisco, CA: All events through May 11 postponed

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

UCLA Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA), Los Angeles, CA: Remainder of 2019-20 season postponed

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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