2021 Tucson Jazz Festival canceled

2021 Tucson Jazz Festival canceled
Tucson Jazz Festival officials announced the 2021 event is canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. (Source: Srouce: Tucson Jazz Festival)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is causing organizers for the annual Tucson Jazz Festival to cancel the event planned for March 20-21, 2021.

“While we hoped by March of 2021 we would be able to host the Festival in a safe, enjoyable manner, it is now clear it’s just not worth the risk,” Tucson Jazz Festival’s Executive Director, Khris Dodge said. “We all look forward to the time when we can gather and enjoy live music together, but for now our priority must be the safety and well-being of our community.”

The Tucson Jazz Festival has been held annually for the last 6 years, drawing over 15,000 attendees each year to its concerts comprised of national and international jazz artists. Past Tucson Jazz Festival artists include Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mavis Staples, Jimmy Heath, Trombone Shorty, Christian McBride, and Bobby McFerrin.

The board and leadership plan to resume the festival in 2022, currently planned for Jan. 14-23.

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