19th Annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival Presents Internationally Acclaimed Jazz & Blues Lineup

Bettye LaVette

HOT JAZZ, CUBAN, BLUES & ROCK! The 19th Annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival is August 26, 27, 28 at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA.  Recognized by musicians, fans and critics as one of the best events of the summer it is …the largest festival of its kind in the Northwest… (ABC TV KATU 2, Portland, Oregon).  “This year our concert lineup includes jazz and blues legends, as well as up-and-coming musicians who are breaking onto the national scene,” says Artistic Director Michael Kissinger.  “The audience will hear internationally acclaimed musicians as well as new faces at the Festival this summer.”  The lineup includes:

  • Tiempo Libre — 3-time GRAMMY-nominated Cuban Jazz Band​
  • Bettye LaVette —​ 3-time GRAMMY-nominee, Blues Music Award winner​
  • The Family Stone — 50th Anniversary of The Family Stone, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees​
  • Tommy Castro & The Painkillers — 6-time Blues Award Winner, and B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year
  • Grace Kelly — 24-year old saxophone virtuoso and 2016 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll Winner​
  • Heritage Blues Orchestra — GRAMMY-winners and African-American traditional blues band​
  • Nicholas Payton — New Orleans-based jazz trumpeter and premier American jazz trumpeter​
  • Alfredo Rodriguez — Cuban jazz pianist and GRAMMY nominated band leader

Local and regional bands include Portland singer Ellen Whyte, the traditional New Orleans-style band The Mardi Gras All Stars, Northwest Latin band Salsa Nova and the 56th US Army Jazz Band from Joint Base Lewis-McCord.  16 concerts will be staged during the 3-day Festival.  The Festival is the #1 Cultural Tourism Event in Southwest Washington and attracts an estimated audience of 8-10,000 people each year and visitors from 19 states and Canada.  Tickets to the 2016 Festival have been purchased from as far away as Ukraine.

"...The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival is a world-class event..."

Diane Schuur, GRAMMY-winning jazz pianist & singer

 WINE, ART, FOOD The Festival features over 200 wines.  Attendees can sample wines in a 1-ounce taste or purchase a glass to enjoy at the Festival, or purchase a bottle or case to take home.  Food from 6 local restaurants will be served, ranging from Northwest fare to Middle Eastern, Hawaiian dishes and Mexican cuisine.  Art and craft enthusiasts can shop the 30 fine artists from California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.  Commercial exhibitors are also on site throughout the weekend displaying their products and services.  “The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival is a unique northwest cultural arts event” explains Festival Manager Maria Manzo. “It is a multi-faceted cultural festival, where people hear great music, enjoy Northwest wine, see beautiful fine art, and become immersed in an eclectic and creative weekend.” 


  • AUGUST 26, 27, & 28
  • Friday, August 26 from 4 PM to 10 PM
  • Saturday, August 27 from 11 AM to 10 PM
  • Sunday, August 28 from 11 AM to 9 PM

 LOCATION: Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver, Washington at 8th & Columbia Streets.

 SEATING & TICKET PRICES Blankets & low-back sand chairs are permitted.  Kids age 12 and younger are admitted FREE with paid adults.  Wine, Food and Art are purchased separately.


 HISTORY — The Festival is recognized as one of the most prestigious Jazz Festivals on the West Coast.  Diane Schuur, jazz pianist and singer says …the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival is a world class event…”  Since 1998, more than 150 bands and 650 fine artists have participated; and an estimated 150,000 people from 19 states and Canada have attended to experience the world-class music, wine, art, food—and friendship!

 SPONSORS — “Sponsors are really the engine which drives the Festival” says Director Michael Kissinger.  “Our nonprofit organization, Bravo! Northwest, could not produce this event without the support of our sponsors.”  Major Sponsors include: Presenting Sponsor: Comcast.  Jazz Artist Sponsors: iQ Credit Union, Evergreen Home Loans.  Corporate Sponsors: Alaska Airlines, Boeing, Coldwell Banker Seal, Entek, Fournier Group, McCord’s Vancouver Toyota, The HerberySupporting Sponsors: E&J Gallo, Craig Stein Beverage, Collins Family Implant & Dentistry, Michelle’s Piano, MillerCoors, Vancouvercenter, Vancouver Sign, Waste Connections.  Media Partners: Portland Entercom Radio, KATU 2, KVBM FM, KOIN 6, KINK FM, Vancouver Business Journal, The Columbian.


Source: Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

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About Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

Bravo! Vancouver produces the annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival, as well as the Bravo! Northwest Concerts Series and Music At The Madeleine concerts series. Visit www.vancouverwinejazz.com and www.bravoconcerts.com for details.

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival
PO Box 118
Vancouver, Washington