The Williamstown Jazz Festival, which has presented outstanding jazz performers in concert for the past 20 years, has been forced to shut down because of the economic downturn.
In addition to concerts by noted jazz artists, the event for the past 18 years included an intercollegiate festival for college bands, at which the Schenectady County Community College Jazz Ensemble participated.
Andy Jaffe, one of the organizers of the festival, said in an e-mail: “Our primary funder, Williams College, has eliminated our funding from the college budget, with the result that we are no longer financially viable. Obviously, this is a consequence of the ongoing financial crisis and is not a decision that was taken lightly.
“Our attendance at paid events, upon which we depend for the revenue to balance our budget, was insufficient to achieve this financial goal.
“I am very proud of our achievements, and there is no doubt that it will be missed. The festival did much to fill the void of jazz programming that exists in our region.”