“The fourth annual Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival doesn’t look like a winner on the financial ledger, but it screams victory on so many other levels.
Attendance was down 50 to 100 people at every venue. And when your venues are small facilities like the 430-seat Annenberg Theater, the Indian Canyons Country Club clubhouse and the ballroom at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, those numbers are significant.
But those numbers were pretty much set in stone before the three-day festival started Friday. Much of producers Gail Christian and Lucy Debardelaben’s audience comes from the East Coast and, when those jazz lovers heard the festival had been moved from October to Labor Day Weekend (because Desert Trip concertgoers have reserved most of the local hotel rooms for Oct. 7-9 and 14-16) they decided not to test the Palm Springs heat.
So the producers now plan to move the festival dates next season for the fourth time in five years.“