The 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards will be presented after all! The Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach, Florida, has come to the rescue.
Mark and Renee Carter, who produce the Seabreeze Festival, are coordinating exactly when and how winners will be announced and the Oasis Awards will be presented. The Festival runs April 13th through the 17th.
The custom-made statuettes have logged some miles. “The actual Oasis Award trophies were already engraved and on a UPS truck headed to San Diego when we had to cancel the event. We retrieved the Awards and began looking for an appropriate way to present them. When Jeffrey Wolfe contacted us on behalf of the Seabreeze Festival, we were elated. Seabreeze is a premiere event deserving of the Awards”, said Oasis co-producer Larry Seacat.
The list of winners has been a carefully held secret. “We have had numerous requests from media outlets and even a few artists asking about the winners list”, said Oasis co-producer Bill Paddock, “but only my partner and I and Mark and Renee have that information”.
Over 10,000 votes were cast for the 19 Oasis Award categories during the online voting throughout February.
The 2011 Oasis Awards were originally scheduled to be announced and presented in San Diego on Saturday, March 12, as part of an extensive four day event. Organizer Bill Paddock orinally launched the Oasis Awards, then called Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, in 2000 and continued in 2001 with a SOLD OUT show at the Chicago Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Paddock sold his interest in the Awards after the 2001 show and the new owners produced a successful show in San Diego in 2002. The Awards had been on hiatus after 2002 until last year when Paddock and Seacat decided to re-launch in 2011. Paddock explained “We had great interest from all over the United States and around the world. That just didn’t translate to ticket sales. We had great publicity and support. Our mistake was planning too much and not getting the word out more clearly. Our post-cancellation feedback showed us that our message was not clearly understood”. “We do want to thank our friends in the industry and especially the artists who have sent words of support in the past month”, added Paddock. “And special thanks to Mark and Renee Carter and Jeffrey Wolfe. Once again, the good people of jazz have come through!”.
Details will be forthcoming from the Seabreeze Jazz Festival.