Not 24 hours past since I put up my last post regarding the abrupt cancellation of the Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards, and already the wheels have been set into motion. Before Tuesday elapsed, Ken Levinson, Bruce Nazarian, the artists, the people at Anthology, the people at Spaghettini’s, and everyone else who was left in the lurch by this turn of events had pulled together and engineered what has become known now as the Lemonade Weekend.
This astounds me, in the very best of ways. This is exactly why I call jazz “Our Music” when I’m with fellow fans. We took a failed, poorly-marketed event, and turned it into a makeshift festival. I’m not sure who will be part of this makeshift festival, but there is much to be said for the tenacity, gumption, and love that we have for the artists.
We, the fans, made this happen.
Unfortunately, due to the prior cold having degenerated into bronchitis, and the original turn of events, I’ve decided to forgo this trip in favor of Newport Beach Jazz Festival, and parlay the airline credit either into that or into visiting some close friends later this summer.
Three cheers to Ken, Bruce, the artists, and the fans who had taken a wrecked event and turned into something all its own. All my love to you from NYC!
ETA More info here at this link.