What Is The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival?
The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival is the #1 Cultural Tourism event in Vancouver and Southwest Washington and is "...the largest jazz festival of its kind in the Northwest." (KATU Channel 2, Portland, OR). In fact the Festival and National Geographic put Vancouver "on the map." The Festival is prominently featured on a new National Geographic GeoTourism Map of Washington and Oregon. Since 1998 it is estimated that more than 100,000 people from 19 states and Canada have attended the event to experience the mission of the Festival: ".Hot jazz, great wines, fine art and delicious cuisine, all in one place, in one great city – Vancouver, Washington!"
- Performing & Cultural Arts! The Festival is a celebration of the Musical, Enological, Visual and Culinary Arts, and brings together the best in the Pacific Northwest...international & local jazz artists, world-renowned wines, fine artists and delicious local cuisine in a 1st-class city: Vancouver, Washington!
- Cultural Tourism: The Festival draws thousands of visitors and residents alike to downtown Vancouver. Media sources estimated more than 15,000 people attended the 2011 Festival. 55% of those were out-of-town visitors.
- Identity & Image: The Festival is a world-class event. The vision and image of the Festival supports the vision and image the City of Vancouver seeks to portray about our community: that it is a beautiful city with a great quality of life – a terrific place to live, work and visit!
What is the Purpose of the
- To be an important West Coast festival of the musical, visual, performing, enological and culinary arts;
- To entertain, enrich & educate audiences to great music, fine art, enological & culinary arts;
- To promote and market the arts and music programs of Bravo! Vancouver.
- To draw thousands of residents and tourists to downtown Vancouver and Southwest Washington;
- To promote the Festival sponsors;
- To provide a music education opportunity for school students to perform;
- To promote the City of Vancouver as a great place to live, work and visit;
What Are 4 Long Term Goals Of The Festival?
- ACHIEVED: To be the #1 cultural arts event for the City of Vancouver and Southwest Washington.
- ACHIEVED: To be recognized as a major West Coast cultural event: a "cultural tourism destination."
- IN PROCESS: To create a Festival in Dubrovnik, Croatia-the "Dubrovnik International Wine & Jazz Festival"
- ULTIMATELY: the Festival has a goal of becoming on par with major festivals around the United States such as: Monterey Jazz Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Aspen Music Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, etc. Eventually productions of dance and jazz education may become part of the existing cultural offerings.
Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival History – A 15-Year History
The First Annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival took place September 26-27, 1998 in downtown Vancouver. After nearly a year of planning, the Festival premiered to huge weekend crowd. By all measures, the Festival was an enormous success. The 1998 Festival was held on the site of the former Lucky Lager Brewery in downtown Vancouver. International jazz star and vocalist Dianne Schuur entertained a huge Saturday night crowd. 21 wineries, 6 restaurants and fine artists participated in the premiere Festival.
More than 300 people volunteered for the 14th Annual Festival in August 2011. Media estimates that more than 12-15,000 people participate in the annual jazz festival each year, and visitors from 19 states and Canada have attended. Our 2011 Festival featured: Al Jarreau, Diane Schuur, Arturo Sandoval, Stanley Jordan, Spyro Gyra, Bill Frisell, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Hammond and Coco Montoya. 20 local and student bands performed on the two Festival Stages over the 3-day schedule. More than 200 wines from 25 wineries were featured & 50 visual artists from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California displayed their fine art. 10 local restaurants cooked up great cuisine!
Each year the Festival features visual artists, hundreds of wines, local restaurants and numerous commercial exhibitors. In 13 years, the Festival has presented such internationally-acclaimed jazz artists including: Al Jarreau, Allen Toussaint, Arturo Sandoval, Bela Fleck, BeauSoleil, Bill Frisell, Blind Boys of Alabama, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bo Diddley, Booker T. Jones, Bobby Shew, Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Chick Corea, Chuck Mangione, Coco Montoya, David Sanborn, Diane Schuur, Dirty Dozen Brass Band,
Dr. John, Eddie Palmieri, Ed Shaughnessy, Ernie Watts, Four Freshmen, James Cotton, Jean-Luc Ponty, Joey DeFrancesco, John Hammond, John Pizzarelli, Jose Feliciano, Judy Collins, Kenny Loggins, Los Lobos, Mavis Staples, Melissa Manchester, Nicholas Payton, Poncho Sanchez, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ramsey Lewis, Regina Carter, Rita Coolidge, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Spyro Gyra, Stanley Clarke, Stanley Jordan, Take 6, The Gospel Hummingbirds, The Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band, The 5th Dimension, The Rippingtons, The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, The Temptations, The Yellowjackets, WAR and others; as well as more than 100 local and regional jazz bands.
The Festival is a program of and is produced by Bravo! Vancouver, a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization. Bravo! Vancouver produces the annual Bravo! Vancouver Concert Series, and has presented more than 100 classical, jazz, sacred and chamber music concerts in the U.S. and Croatia since 1993.
The City of Vancouver has been the municipal sponsor of the Festival since 1998. Our 2011 Sponsors and Media Partners included: Comcast, iQ Credit Union, Alaska Airlines, US Bank, Fred Meyer, McCord's Vancouver Toyota, Entek Corporation, Carrier, Arthur Murray Dance Studios, Waste Connections, Columbia Resource Center, Cinetopia Theatres, Vancouver Hilton, Westby Associates, E&J Gallo Winery, Pacific Office Automation, KATU TV Channel 2, 1190 KEX, DEX, Talk Vancouver AM 1550, K103 FM, The Heathman Lodge, Red Lion Hotels, MillerCoors, Washington's Lottery, FASTSIGNS, The City of Vancouver.and others.