Cancelled Jazz Awards To Be Handed Out at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Florida Next Week

The 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards will be presented after all!

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival has come to the rescue and will be announcing the winners at their festival in Panama City Beach, Florida next weekend.  The Oasis Awards were originally scheduled to be announced and presented in San Diego last month as part of an extensive four day event. The event was cancelled abruptly a week before it was scheduled due to poor ticket sales.

Oasis Awards organizer Bill Paddock explained, “We had great interest from all over the United States and around the world. That just didn’t translate to ticket sales. We had great publicity and support. Our mistake was planning too much and not getting the word out more clearly. Our post-cancellation feedback showed us that our message was not clearly understood”.

He added, “We do want to thank our friends in the industry and especially the artists who have sent words of support in the past month…and special thanks to Mark and Renee Carter and Jeffrey Wolfe. Once again, the good people of jazz have come through!”.

Mark and Renee Carter, who produce the Seabreeze Festival, are coordinating exactly when and how winners will be announced and the Oasis Awards will be presented. The Festival runs April 13th through the 17th.   Over 10,000 votes were cast for the 19 Oasis Award categories during the online voting throughout February.

Details will be forthcoming from the Seabreeze Jazz Festival.



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3 Responses to Cancelled Jazz Awards To Be Handed Out at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Florida Next Week

  1. UKjazzfan says:

    Good news! Perhaps now Mr Paddock and Mr Seacat will refund the people who, like me, paid $300 for their VIP passes to the original San Diego event. I paid for my VIP pass in August 2010 and requested a refund in February 2011, before the event was cancelled and was reassured by Mr Seacat I would receive this. However, despite numerous requests, neither of these two gentlemen have had the courtesy to respond further. Now that they have admitted: "Our mistake was planning too much and not getting the word out more clearly" I would appreciate a full refund.

  2. Sorry to hear about your situation. I knew there was something 'fishy' going on when one of the events was a golf tournament where you can, "meet your favorite smooth jazz artist." Hopefully, you'll be able to get your money back. If you paid by credit card, you should contact the company directly.

  3. UKjazzfan says:

    I'm pleased to report that I have now heard from Mr Paddock. He is fully committed to trying to make everything right for the people who purchased tickets for the original event.

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