Featured image: A scene from the 2017 America’s Classic Jazz Festival (photo credit: Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society)
For 27 years in late June, thousands of fans came to Lacey, Washington, for America’s Classic Jazz Festival. Now the festival has been cancelled, and organizers and sponsors are worried that it might not continue in 2019.
There’s a scheduling conflict at Saint Martin’s University, the home of the festival since 2002. In late November, officials at Saint Martin’s University contacted the Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society and said the 2018 dates wouldn’t work out, according to a report published in the The Olympian. It’s because of a late request from the Archdiocese of Seattle to host a Catholic youth conference on campus, and the only dates available were June 27-July 1.
University officials offered alternate dates and help in finding another venue. Jazz festival organizers looked at options and couldn’t find a large enough facility near hotels and restaurants that could accommodate the event, so they decided to cancel.
The jazz society board will meet in January to talk about plans for future festivals.
The Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society also hosts monthly Sunday dances and provides scholarships to high-school children to attend jazz camp. The next dance is on Sunday, January 14. View the latest Sunday dance schedule at the bottom of the Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society’s homepage.