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Sparsely attended jazz festival ends on a sournote

Midway through its run, the Equinox Music Festival has postponed indefinitely the rest of its concerts because of disappointing ticket sales.

The festival, in its third year, had an impressive roster of jazz artists lined up for concerts in the Boston area through Sunday. The canceled shows include Cecil Taylor and the Sound Vision Orchestra last night at the Somerville Theatre, the Omar Sosa Octet tonight at the Somerville Theatre, Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra tomorrow at the Berklee Performance Center, Manny Oquendo y Libre on Saturday at the Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center, and a grand finale Sunday on City Hall Plaza featuring several local artists.

"It just became too much to deal with," said Equinox president J. Thomas Duffy. "The early events were extremely poorly attended, and the remaining events had extremely poor advance sales. It just came to the point where we had to pull the plug and stop hemorrhaging money. It's most unfortunate, because we had a really phenomenal lineup."

Duffy said he is grappling to understand why ticket sales weren't better and that he will spend some time soon trying to figure out what he can do better in the future.

"Despite the enormous amount of great press we got this year, TV ads, etc., people aren't coming," he said.

STEVE GREENLEE

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