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.