Palm Beach Jazz Fest In Limbo

PALM BEACH, FL (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Cultural Trust of the Palm Beaches has postponed their planned Jazz Festival "indefinitely" after the main sponsor, Lexus, pulled out of the event.

The festival had been originally scheduled for April 11-13th but was rescheduled by organizers who said that the vacant lot where the event was to be held was "too wet" the Palm Beach Post reported. Among others scheduled to perform were Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Acoustic Alchemy and Dave Koz.

The event was to be moved to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center but after Lexus pulled its $50,000 sponsorship, it appears unlikely the event will go on at all.

"We would not want to be affiliated with an on-again, off-again, un-Lexus-like event," Cliff Brush, general manager of Lexus of Palm Beach told the Post "After what they've done, they don't have credibility with us."

The Trust's chief artistic and programming director Manuel Bornia, has also resigned, telling the Post that "We wanted to let you know we're actually resigned from the organization officially. I feel bad that through the season here at the end we're not there to see it through."

Other events staged by the trust this year have been fraught with problems as well, including a gala opening for a sculpture exhibit but 5 of the 11 artists exhibiting pulled out within 4 days, citing misrepresentation and a lack of security. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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