Miami Jazz Fest Canceled "Due to Poor Ticket Sales"

Monty Alexander and the Miami Jazz Fest ... Canceled.
Despite once being "an essential mid-20th century] stopover on the Southern tour circuit for legends like Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole," Miami was never a straight-up jazz town.

Our city's always been more about the crooners, salsa, disco, booty bass, freestyle, street rap, and electronic dance music.

Want further proof? With just four days till showtime, the inaugural edition of the Miami Jazz Fest, starring Jamaican jazzman Monty Alexander, just got canceled.

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In August, event founder and producer Carmen J. Cartiglia was hyping the Miami Jazz Fest as "the start of an annual jazz festival that will grow with each year and establish Miami as the home for 'True Jazz.'"

But today, organizers issued a brief statement, nixing the festival:

Due to poor ticket sales, the Miami Jazz Fest scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday Nov. 17th & 18th at the Klipsch Amphitheatre at Bayfront Park has been cancelled. Refunds are available through point of purchase.

Too bad, daddy-o.

Miami Jazz Fest 2012. Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18. Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The show starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Single-day tickets cost $45 to $90 plus fees and two-day passes cost $65 to $295 and up plus fees via Call 305-405-JAZZ or visit

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Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: General

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Ari Givony
Ari Givony

If it were an all ages dumbstep festival the place would be sold out.

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

"Single-day tickets cost $45 to $90 plus fees and two-day passes cost $65 to $295 and up plus fees" . A bit pricey yet people will pay $500 to see djs press play so that isnt a real excuse....You said it, Miami is not a jazz town. even with all the latin people and salsa there is no true appreciation for live instruments anymore unless its your kid and they are in the school band...too bad that EDM is eroding one of the foundations of music...

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