Quint Davis on why the 2021 New Orleans Jazz Fest was canceled: 'Safety, reality, finances'

As he struggled with whether to cancel the 2021 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, producer Quint Davis had a sobering conversation with Jennifer Avegno, the city’s health director.

He came away convinced that COVID-19’s delta variant surge wasn’t likely to peak locally until mid-September — roughly two weeks before Jazz Fest’s scheduled Oct. 8 opening.

“That’s not good,” Davis recalled thinking. “If the peak is two weeks before the festival, it doesn’t turn off like a light switch. It comes back down gradually.

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