Our Statement on COVID-19

As all of us are experiencing the effects of COVID-19 in different ways, the one thing we all have in common, is the safety of our family and friends. It is with that thought that the Vanport Jazz Festival has made the decision to reschedule the August 1, 2020 festival until next year on Saturday August 7, 2021

We are committed to bringing you world class entertainment each and every year. The artists scheduled for 2020, including Gerald Albright, Marion Meadows and Sheila E, have agreed to perform at the 4th Annual 2021 Vanport Jazz Festival. We love the excitement the festival is creating in Portland, with great artists, vendors, sponsors, volunteers and most of all you, the greatest fans!

For those of you that have already purchased tickets and taken advantage of the Early Bird pricing discount, we want you to retain that discount, along with your preferred table. All tickets purchased will be honored for the 4th Annual 2021 Vanport Jazz Festival. If you have questions about your tickets or the event, please contact us at info@vanportjazzfestival.com or visit our website at vanportjazzfestival.com.

2021 will allow us to come together again to celebrate great live music at the beautiful Colwood Golf Center and groove once again with other music enthusiasts.

See what your artists are saying:

Hey Portland, I was looking forward to joining you in Portland on August 1, 2020, but now I can’t wait to see you on August 7, 2021. I’m going to bring the heat to the 4th Annual Vanport Jazz Festival. Stay safe! – Sheila E

Portland, I appreciate the love and support I continue to receive from all of you. Can’t wait to groove with you at the 2021 Vanport Jazz Festival! Peace and Love! – Gerald Albright

These are difficult times, so cherish the upcoming days, weeks and months with your loved ones.Keep music in your hearts and thank you for all your support,

James M. Taylor (Executive Producer)

Saturday, August 1, 2020
Saturday, August 7, 2021



2021 Tickets on Sale Now!

2020 Artists

Sheila E.

Sheila E. became a touring musician before the age of 20, performing and/or recording with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Patti LaBelle, and Steve Nicks among others. Her producing, arranging, and performance talents have been showcased throughout the music and film industry with appearances on The Academy Awards, The Latin Grammy Awards, BET Awards, The American Music Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, and The Summer Olympics, just to name a few. Her current single, “No Line,” with the legendary Snoop Dogg, is her continued contribution to the music industry. The Queen of Percussion plans to release new music later this year.

Gerald Albright

Albright launched his solo career in the infancy of what became the smooth jazz format, with Just Between Us in 1987 and has been a core part of the genre with chart-topping albums, countless radio hits, and as a member of many all-star tours, including Guitars & Saxes and Groovin’ For Grover. In the late 90s, he fronted a big band for and toured with pop star Phil Collins and did a dual recording with vocal great Will Downing called Pleasures of the Night. Between his last two Grammy-nominated solo albums Pushing The Envelope (2010) and Slam Dunk (2014), he enjoyed hit collaborations with “24/7” with guitarist Norman Brown and “Summer Horns” by Dave Koz and Friends, which were also Grammy-nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Albums. Gerald’s latest effort, 30, released in 2018, is an anniversary project reflecting on some of Albright’s favorite music that he has written over the past three decades.

Rick Braun

Acclaimed chart-topping trumpeter, composer and producer Rick Braun. Known for his impeccable technical chops, melodic wizardry and keen compositional prowess, the consummate Los Angeles based musician has been thrilling audiences for decades. Braun has made a mark staying true to his own musical voice and eclectic influences that have allowed him to collaborate across genre with some of the biggest names in music including Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, Sade, Natalie Cole and REO Speedwagon.

Marion Meadows

Marion Meadows first hit the airwaves in 1991 with For Lovers Only, and after establishing himself as a staple of the smooth jazz format with his subsequent recordings, Keep It Right Here (1993), Forbidden Fruit (1994) and Body Rhythm (1996), Meadows has recorded or performed with Brook Benton, Eartha Kitt, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carne, The Temptations, Michael Bolton, Angela Bofill, Will Downing among many others. In 1999 Meadows released Another Side of Midnight, considered by critics to be his strongest work to date. His follow-up, Next To You (2000), featured a mix of R&B-influenced jazz coupled with sensual Latin rhythms, and In Deep (2002), a neo-soul blend of jazz, R&B and hip-hop, brimmed with sophisticated arrangements. All three discs have been well received by his ever-growing, always loyal fans.

Vanport Jazz
All-Stars

A collective of jazz artists bringing you individual compositions.

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Thank You to our
2020 Sponsors!

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