Dear Yale Jazz Community,
We hope that all of you are safe and healthy. Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, all Yale Undergraduate Jazz Collective activities have been suspended for the remainder of the year. These decisions have been made for the safety of our artists, our audience, and the greater Yale and New Haven community. Regrettably, these activities include the 8th annual Yale Jazz Festival, which we cancel with heavy hearts.
Over this past year, we had the honor of bringing in such talented artists as Alexa Tarantino and Steven Feifke, Joel Ross, Shubh Saran, and Julian Roel. We held countless amazing jam sessions. We were thrilled at the success of our 1959: Breaking Free show, performed by 24 members of the Yale student body. We thank you for your support of our mission; we are excited about the future of our organization—and the future of jazz at Yale.
In a time of need such as this, we find strength in our community. This includes continuing to support the arts. Listen to local and up-and-coming artists on streaming platforms. Reach out to music teachers for Skype lessons—if there’s a musician you’ve been wanting to take a lesson with, now is a great time to get in touch. The arts give us comfort through distress, and we hope you continue to find this comfort through platforms that are still available.
The outbreak of COVID-19 affects all of us, and we wish you good health in the coming months. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly and often, and practice social distancing as much as you are able.
We thank you again for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you next season.
The Yale Undergraduate Jazz Collective