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.