Hampton Jazz Festival canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – The Hampton Jazz Festival will not take place in 2022.

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“The coronavirus has caused a variety of impacts and challenges over the past two years, including the current outbreak of the omicron variant,” said Terri Vander Vennet, director of Hampton Coliseum. “The coronavirus has caused a variety of impacts and challenges over the past two years, including the current outbreak of the omicron variant. Proceeding with an abundance of caution in the face of uncertainty, the Hampton Jazz Festival Board of Directors decided it was best to wait until this year.

The event was scheduled to take place June 24-26 at the Hampton Coliseum.

The festival began in 1968 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hampton University. It was such a hit, it’s become an annual tradition, held at the Hampton Coliseum since 1970, when the venue first opened.

The Hampton Jazz Festival always takes place the last full weekend in June. The event was also canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of COVID-19.

Officials say the event will return to the Colosseum from June 23-25, 2023.

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Willie J. Johnson