2:30 - 4:00 PM / Shemekia Copeland Blues Band

Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else.  The 2011 Chicago Blues Festival declared Copeland to be “The New Queen of the Blues.”  She’s sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, James Cotton and others.  The 2-time GRAMMY-nominee has earned 8 Blues Music Awards.  Copeland has performed thousands of gigs at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world!

Video: https://youtu.be/hVvCUg1Q62E                          Video: https://youtu.be/65nDprifGek

Website: http://www.shemekiacopeland.com/

Quote: “Shemekia captures the timelessness of the blues while spinning it forward with remarkable maturity.” — USA Today

5:30 - 7:00 PM / Jane Monheit Quartet

Blessed with “a voice of phenomenal beauty” (Stephen Holden, New York Times), Jane Monheit has had plenty of milestone moments in establishing herself as one of today’s best and most important vocalist-musicians. Monheit has also appeared on the albums of many other artists over the years, including Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, Freddy Cole, Mark O’Connor, David Benoit, and Ivan Lins.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqLECPJ6JM4

​​Website: http://janemonheitonline.com/​​

11:30 - 12:30 PM / Dave Lee & Sheila Wilcoxson

Pianist Dave Lee & Singer-Songwriter Sheila Wilcoxson perform at clubs and venues throughout the Northwest.  They open our Saturday morning with jazz and gospel standards.

Website: http://daveleemusic.com/

3:30 - 5:00 PM / Ronnie Baker Brooks Band

​​At 19, Ronnie Baker Brooks joined his father’s band, Chicago blues legend Lonnie “Guitar Jr.” Brooks.  For 12 years the two toured the world with Ronnie performing out front with Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Koko Taylor.  In 1998 his father told him to go solo.  Ronnie is now recognized as one of the premier blues guitarists of his generation.

Video: https://youtu.be/DrId1cNbEsc

​Video: https://youtu.be/BEVE8l8fYUk

​Website: http://www.ronniebakerbrooks.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ronniebbrooksmusic

Twitter: twitter.com/ronniebbrooks

Gates open at 11 AM

4:30 - 6:00 PM / Christopher Brown Quartet

​Based in Portland, Oregon the Christopher Brown Quartet features some of the finest musicians of the new generation of young jazz artists: John Nastos (Alto Sax), Greg Goebel (Piano), Raymond Reyes (Bass) and Christopher "TCOM" Brown (Drums). 

Website: http://www.coutureofmusic.com/    Video: https://youtu.be/5JIbXC_036Y

6:30 - 8:00 PM / Grace Kelly Band

Saxophonist, singer, and composer Grace Kelly plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 24-year-old. Having been a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Grace Kelly recently released her 10th CD as a leader. The latest album, Trying To Figure It Out, was voted #2 Jazz Album of The Year in the 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll.


Video: https://youtu.be/TO1eWskkim0

​Video: https://youtu.be/nimGB414ABM

Website: http://gracekellymusic.com/

Quote: “Grace Kelly is going to be a big star” – Huey Lewis

8:30 - 10:00 PM / Ruthie Foster

3-time GRAMMY nominee and 7-time Blues Music Award winner Ruthie Foster blends jazz, blues, folk, soul, rock and gospel into her own unique sound.  This Austin native has toured the world with her band and performed with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Allman Brothers and Susan Tedeschi.

Video: https://youtu.be/rkYh2BYONms

Video: https://youtu.be/ZXp4BfMtQ-c

Website: http://www.ruthiefoster.com/

Gates open at 4 PM

August 25, 26, 27, 2017
20th AnnuAl / Esther Short Park / Vancouver, WA USA

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

2017 Concert Schedule​​

7:30 - 9:00 PM / John Mayall Blues Band

Recognized as “The Godfather of British Blues,” John Mayall has an impressive musical career that spans over 50 years. The English blues singer, pianist, harmonica player, guitarist, and songwriter founded the band, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers in the 1960’s — whose members included: Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington.

Video: https://youtu.be/dwc7ZEYfWYc

​Video: https://youtu.be/83Z0-1YJqfY

Website: http://johnmayall.com/

​Quote: “John Mayall has actually run an incredibly great school for musicians.” — Eric Clapton

Friday Northwest Bands​​

12:30 - 1:30 PM / Seattle Jazz Singers

Known for their tight harmonies and cool arrangements, the Seattle Jazz Singers are recognized as one of the premiere vocal jazz ensembles on the West Coast.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/SeattleJazzSingers/

1:00 -2:00 PM / The United States 56th Army Jazz Band

​Jazz music expresses freedom, improvisation and creativity, and in this sense it is truly "America's Music."  We salute the women and men of our military who defend freedom.  The 56th US Army Band - based in Ft. Lewis, Washington - is one of the premier American military bands.  Come hear these great musicians SWING!

WEB: http://www.music.army.mil/organizations/pages/default.asp?unit=56AB

Saturday Northwest Bands​​

8:30 - 10:00 PM / The Rippingtons

​​The Rippingtons celebrate their 30th anniversary this year as a ground-breaking contemporary jazz band.  Founded by guitarist and composer Russ Freeman, the GRAMMY® nominated group has released 22 albums, all of which have attained top 5 Billboard status, with 5 of them reaching #1.

​Video: https://youtu.be/mMSSLhqlvSs?list=PLdF-lT3KPTHdnmqX6jaCuVfBMZ1M19Pkm

Website: http://www.rippingtons.com/

Quote: “Moonlighting is the #1 most influential contemporary jazz album of all time.” — Jazziz Magazine

11:30 - 12:15 PM / Mardi Gras All Stars

Gary Smith's Mardi Gras All-Star Band brings classic hot jazz to the Portland, Oregon area.  This Roots Music music in the Dixieland style of Louis Armstrong is the what brought Jazz music to the world.  Join us for our "Sunday New Orleans Gospel Dixie and Gospel Show".

Website: http://mardigrasallstars.com/

Friday, August 25​ 

Sunday Headline Band​​​s

1:45 - 3:00 PM / Sara Gazarek Quartet

​​Amongst a community teeming with startlingly gifted young singers, Sara Gazarek stands out as a particularly extravagant artist.  As LA Times music writer Don Heckman said: “she may well turn out to be the next important jazz singer.”​

Video: https://youtu.be/VON8ZRRXpu0

Website: http://www.saragazarek.com/

Quote: “…she is an accomplished scat improviser who exudes an engaging blend of confidence and cheer.” – The New York Times

Saturday Headline Band​​​s

Sunday Northwest Bands​​

6:30 - 8:00 PM / The Dan Balmer Band

​Dan Balmer has long been considered one of the finest guitarists, composers, and educators in the Northwest. In 2009 Dan became one of only five Oregonians to be honored with membership in both The Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame.​

Website: http://danbalmer.com/     Video: https://youtu.be/lBZjrs-vNfk

4:30 - 6:00 PM / Russell Malone Jazz Quartet

Russell Malone is one of the signature guitar players of his generation.  Malone has released ten highly acclaimed albums since 1992.  Prior to leading his own quartet and trio, Malone performed for more than 20 years in the bands of Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, Diane Reeves and Wynton Marsalis.

Video: https://youtu.be/acTyri_m3Kw

​Video: https://youtu.be/5PlcPa1mCrc

Website: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/russell-malone-mn0000808613

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/russell.malone.121

Quote: “This is an absolute master, the best of the best.” – Downbeat Magazine.

Friday Headline Band​​

Sunday, August 27

Gates open at 11 AM

Saturday, August 26