BRAFORD, CT – To paraphrase Quincy Jones, it’s everyone’s blues. Branford’s summer jazz concert series will have to wait another year because “the risk is just not a chance,” the committee noted in a letter to the community.
“With devastation and heartbreak,” Branford Parks & Recreation’s summer jazz concert series on the Green Committee wrote that the 2021 season has been postponed to 2022.
“The health and safety of the community, performers, spectators and volunteers have been at the forefront of the utmost importance in this decision,” reads the letter from director Alex Palluzzi, Jr. and associate director. Dale B. Izzo.
Based on national and local guidelines for public gatherings, the committee determined that “… We are too much in danger of having a gathering of our size, not only for spectators, but also for artists who travel up close or from afar. to provide us with their music. ”
“During this unique and difficult time of COVID-19, this pandemic has affected us all both professionally and personally. It changed the world we live in. Our community has come together to support each other as we all need a distraction from this unpredictable coronavirus, “they wrote, but said if the hope was” to welcome Jazz 2021 to the green of the city in a safe and pleasant way, it is clear that the risk is simply not a chance to be taken ”.
For over 10 years, thousands of people have flocked to Town Green on Thursday evenings in the summer.
“Sitting on the picturesque green of the city with patting your feet, enjoying a picnic, being in good company and listening to jazz music from the best artists from across the country is a common hallmark for coastal audiences and art lovers, ”wrote Palluzzi and Izzo. “As heartbreaking and devastating as it is to announce these words to our jazz supporters, artists and sponsors, it is balanced with a renewed sense of optimism that the Branford Summer Jazz Concert Series will bounce back and forth over and over. energetically than ever in 2022. Our artists are delighted to know that they will be part of next year’s lineup. “