Izzy Asper Jazz Performance

October 2020

Dear Friends of Jazz…

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from the team at the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances.

The last time I reached out, I thought I would be outlining clear plans in just a couple of weeks. We’re past that time frame now, and as this second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold, the plan I intended to share has changed dramatically.

In light of current government restrictions on travel and gatherings, the very real health risks to our patrons, and the financial implications of proceeding with dramatically reduced audiences, we have arrived at the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020-21 season of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances. As you know, we had already suspended our planned fall concerts; now we have decided it is not viable to offer concerts in the winter or spring either.

But do not despair! Though not yet confirmed, we are working hard to book an outdoor concert or two in the summer of 2021 where we may soak up world-class jazz—LIVE—while observing whatever social distancing may be required at that time. We want to offer these concerts free to you, our loyal subscribers, and to the community at large. So many of us are longing for the energy and joy that is part of the live music experience. We are hoping to lift the city’s spirits with a weekend or two of great outdoor jazz.

Meantime, it’s up to all of us to proceed with care for one another and respect for the power of this virus. We wish each of you a healthy fall and winter, and may we all emerge into a safer environment in the spring!

We will be in touch in a few months’ time—and we are full of expectations about the 2021-22 season of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances. Thank you, as always, for your continued support.


Together in music—


Charlene Diehl, Izzy Asper Jazz Performances Producer

Tamar Barr, Rady JCC Assistant Executive Director

Moe Levy and Jeffrey Morry, The Asper Foundation


For more information please visit the Asper Jazz website  




For general information, contact Debbie Figowy at 204-477-7534 or email dfigowy@radyjcc.com