Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Miami Jazz Festival Cancelled

Jazz & Blues Florida received notice today that the Miami Jazz Festival, scheduled for November 17 & 18, 2012 at Bayfront Park has been cancelled due to low ticket sales. LiveNation has stopped ticket sales and a notice has been posted there that the event has been cancelled.

Jazz & Blues Florida has no additional information on this unfortunate situation at this time. As more information becomes available it will be posted to this blog entry.

Options for alternative live jazz and blues events in the area can be found at:


  1. Wow, This is a heavy blow to the Arts. We need to create bumper sticker that says Keep to Arts Alive here in South Florida. Make your donation to The & count me in it.

  2. To quote Renda Writer, "Support the Scene, or there will be no scene to support."

  3. Sad, but on the brighter side, the St Johns River Blues Festival is a go, Nov. 17 & 18 in Palatka Florida.

  4. This makes me very sad...Even though I don't get down to South Florida that often, I'm always happy to see live jazz happenin'all over our state.

  5. There are a lot of things to say about this particular fiasco and the Miami Nice Jazz Festival that preceded it. Mainly, the promoters are amateurs and acted unprofessionally in this field; and probably have no business trying to sell new jazz events in a difficult market. The MJF cancellation is especially galling because it is an outdoor event in a park, where one would expect most ticket sales to be day of show walk-ups, rather than advanced. The absence of a show time schedule was inexcusable and ticket price information was buried in the website. Pulling the plug without waiting to see the turnout is cowardly at best. What about all of those musicians and the reputation of the area? Another black eye for South Florida that has to live with the ignominious Miami Marlins organization.

  6. truth be told most under 30 can't even name a jazz musician... America's not changing it changed... were just now seeing the damage... jazz, 2 parent families, self respect and the respect for others all but gone.
    it used to be kids in band were teased.. now they're hated as is anyone that achieves something others have not.. and that's not really a problem anymore as music is usually the first thing that gets cut when the powers to be go looking for what they call waste... millions of dollars spent on books that teach why your breathing is destroying the planet and heather has 2 mommies IS Not waste. in order for the Arts to survive the participants have to want to get out of bed in the morning... that's just not Who the United states is anymore


  7. sad indeed,but jazz has and will continue to survive, although outside the main stream, -it will go on. And James K, sadly, you are very right and spot on with your opinion of whats happening in our society, sadly -but true, but then the upside, your describing "mainstream", and there is plenty of good stuff going on out there outside of the mainstream, -in fact, thats mostly where all the good stuff has always come from

  8. Good morning,
    I simply can not let the Miami Jazz Fest fade into oblivion without giving you some heartfelt feedback! Especially in the wake of the issues with The Miami Nice Jazz Festival & Dee Dee Bridgewater canceling as we sat in the theater.
    I am concerned about the reputation that these cancellations are presenting both here in South Florida, but more importantly to the rest of the jazz world. Actually I'm concerned not just about the reputation, but the effects on the future of live jazz.
    I wanted to attend the Fest- I left several messages on the phone listed on your email- but first & foremost I wanted to know who would be playing when- not even the exact time- just to know if I needed to purchase daytime or evening tickets to hear the performers of my choice. I never heard back.
    So I kept waiting for a bulk email to let us know the schedule. You never sent one out.
    I know for a fact, I am not the only one who had issues with knowing what to purchase due to the lack of info.
    For all the lovers of jazz in South Florida, please explain if & how you plan to repair a damaged reputation that has widespread effects.
    A disappointed fan,
    Mari Mennel-Bell
    Fort Lauderdale