Monday, August 08, 2016

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

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:
•TiempoLibre— 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.

•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.

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