Lineup

ERIC BENET

Eric Benet is a 4x GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter, 5x Essence festival performer. You’ve heard most of his hits including “Spend My Life With You” featuring Tamia, and “Georgy Porgy”, featuring Faith Evans. Don’t miss Eric as he brings a little soul to the festival this year!

MARCUS MILLER

Multi GRAMMY Award winning bassist, composer/producer Marcus Miller leads the lineup for the 5th Annual 2022 Vanport Jazz Festival. Marcus has composed for over 20 films, including “Da Butt” for Spike Lee and the Eddie Murphy/Halle Berry classic “Boomerrang”. He’s also produced for the likes of George Benson, Dave Koz, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and many more!

SPECIAL EFX ALL-STARS

We’re excited to have GRAMMY nominated jazz fusion group Special EFX All-Stars featuring Chieli Minucci, a major force on the jazz and world music scene for 40 years. Chieli will be joined by bassist Gerald Veasley, saxophonist Eric Marienthal, violinist Karen Briggs, keyboardist Lao Tizer and drummer Joel Rosenblatt.