Chicago born award-winning pianist/composer Mark Simon is a respected 36-year veteran of the Portland jazz scene. Simon’s music touches the heart and soul, yet has enough meat on the bones to stimulate the mind as well.
Toshiko Akiyoshi is recognized as one of the world's greatest Jazz Pianists. A 14-time Grammy nominee and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, Toshiko paved the road for female artists. “...She is the most physically articulate conductor in jazz since Duke Ellington...” NEW YORK TIMES
Stanley is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative guitarists. His album Magic Touch remained at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Chart for a record-breaking 51 weeks. He has performed with other guitar greats including Les Paul, Steve Miller, BB King, Eddie Van Halen and Dave Matthews.
Grammy-nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra debut album "And Still I Rise" is breathtakingly new-even as it honors old African-American musical traditions. We welcome this groundbreaking band for their Pacific Northwest debut!
With over 40 gold and platinum records, Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)”. Join us under the stars for these American classics.
"Jazz Education Night" Main Stage
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Come support your local school music programs! Free Admission Tonight only
There is no admission to attend tonight--however, we will ask for donations after the concert, and 100% of the proceeds will be divided between the participating schools. Please come on out and support your local school music programs!
10:00 am – Noon
Jazz Masterclass at Vancouver School of Arts & Academics Featuring Dan Brubeck Quartet
6:00 – 6:30 pm
Heritage High School Jazz Band David Williams, Director
6:45 – 7:15 pm
Battleground High School Vocal Jazz Darcy Schmitt, Director
7:30 – 8:15 pm
Battleground High School Jazz Band Greg McKelvey, Director