As some of you may have read elsewhere (and here last Wednesday), my friend José DaCosta, the guy behind the great live jazz series Exodus to Jazz, has announced that ETJ is going on a "hiatus" while they regroup and he works on engaging Rochester more fully. I'll let José tell you in his own words (from a release he sent out to supporters):
I entered this Exodus To Jazz season confident that the line-up of artists would motivate more jazz fans to attend the concerts. Attendances at the first three concerts (Wallace Roney, Bucky Pizzarelli and Tom Harrell) and low advanced ticket sales for the next two concerts (E.J. Strickland and Rene Marie), however, have made it clear that improvements are needed in how I inform people about the artists and promote the concerts to attract more people who enjoy live music.
Given the work to be done, I've made the unfortunate decision to cancel the following shows:
- E.J. Strickland Project, Oct. 27, 2012
- Rene Marie & Experiment in Truth, Nov. 15, 2012
- Denise Thimes & Trio, Dec. 8, 2012
- Ron Affif Trio, Jan. 5, 2013
The Grace Kelly Quintet (Jan. 26, 2013) and Joe Locke Group (April 20, 2013) concerts remain as scheduled.
The status of the following concerts will be announced after I complete my reassessment:
- Jeremy Pelt (Feb. 16, 2013)
- Sabor Brasil (March 14, 2013)
- Straight Ahead (May 11, 2013)
I know many of you were looking forward to attending several of the cancelled concerts and those being reassessed. I apologize to you and the affected artists for this situation. I am optimistic that Exodus To Jazz will reemerge a more sustainable live concert series.
Exodus to Jazz brings major artists and up and comers to ROC, presenting them in unique settings such as XRIJF venue Lutheran Church of the Reformation and the Hochstein Performance Hall. These are world class jazz artists and groups who may otherwise be here only during the XRIJF if at all.
Jazz@Rochester is a sponsor of Exodus to Jazz and I hope to help José figure out where to go from here, and support him in the direction he takes. I hope you will too. Watch here and at the Exodus to Jazz website for more information.