International Jazz Day event canceled

March 17, 2020

Co-founders and producers of the only area International Jazz Day event, held under the auspices of the True Blue Jazz Festival, have made the difficult decision to scrap their plans for their upcoming show date of Saturday, April 25.

Every year on April 30, International Jazz Day is celebrated around the world.

Artistic Director Peggy Raley said, “With an eye toward preserving the health and well-being of the many jazz fans that turn out for this annual springtime show, and recognizing the gravity of this crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus, cancellation of our True Blue Jazz observance of IJD is disappointing, but necessary.”

“This would be our 4th Annual IJD event,” said Executive Producer Eddie Sherman. “Peggy and I had planned to headline this year ourselves in a free-form jazz jam that would have featured a number of jazz artists from across the region.”

Beginning their True Blue Jazz support for the worldwide celebration of International Jazz Day in 2017, Raley and Sherman have brought a diverse roster of jazz to their Delaware beach stages each year. 2019 saw the formal recognition for participation of True Blue Jazz Inc. by the founding entities for IJD, UNESCO and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz.

Cancellation of 2020’s International Jazz Day plans globally and the various local celebration events across the United States were made unilaterally with all participating members.

The 8th Annual True Blue Jazz Festival is set for Wednesday to Sunday, Oct. 14 to 18. For more information, go to

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