It is with much regret that we announce the cancellation of the Baltimore Jazz Fest 2017. Many factors went into this decision — including, of course, the difficulty in obtaining funds. BJA was committed to making this a free event, and also one that paid fair wages to its performers; as you probably know, we are an all-volunteer organization with limited time, and ultimately we had to make the decision that while it may have been possible to continue to cut corners and present a smaller and more community-based event, it just did not seem to a good use of our limited time. The Baltimore Jazz Alliance is not primarily a presenting organization, and while this event seemed to be a worthwhile effort, we had to be careful not to let it distract from our main mission – promoting the existing Baltimore jazz scene.
The good news is, there is a lot going on in the area these days. Small festivals and block parties seems to abound, and to be featuring more jazz than they had been recently. The Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks is hosting a great number of free jazz events this summer, and new venues have been popping up for live jazz quite frequently of late. The BJA will continue to do all we can to support live jazz, by promoting these venues (new and old), special events, and artists through our newsletter, website, and social media, and if the time comes when hosting a full scale Jazz Fest seems more like a feasible endeavor, you’ll be hearing from us. Until then, be sure to visit http://baltimorejazz.com for information about all the jazz going on in the area. Best wishes, and keep swinging.
The Baltimore Jazz Alliance