Jazz festival suit filed

Published 10:01 pm Saturday, October 12, 2013

A would-be patron of July’s canceled Suffolk Riverfront Jazz Festival has filed a civil complaint against organizer Aubrey Wilson to get his money back.

John Marshall III of Newport News is seeking $274 as a refund for the two tickets he purchased, plus $58 in court costs.

Wilson organized the festival, which was set to take place July 26-28 and would have featured names like Dianne Reeves, Jeff Lorber, Maestro J and Julian Vaughn in the Hilton Garden Inn on East Constance Road. The festival was set to benefit the Gladys Gatlin Foundation, which purports to provide assistance to female veterans.

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However, the festival was abruptly canceled via emails to ticketholders on July 25, the day before it was set to begin.

Ticketholders to whom the News-Herald has spoken still have not received refunds, they say.

Wilson came to the door of his Norfolk-based company, Robra Construction, when a News-Herald reporter visited on Aug. 30.

“Nobody sent me any money,” he said, suggesting people should seek refunds from whomever they paid. Asked where the money went when people paid, he dodged the question and then closed and locked the door.

The first court date for Marshall’s complaint is Nov. 13.

A search of online court records did not turn up any similar filings.