Local Arts

Music at Esther Short Park A Joy

Friday night I stopped in at the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival to enjoy Hawaiian food, refreshments, some great conversation, and of course, America’s original art form: jazz. The headliner that night was Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. Rich tempos and warm horns swept the audience off its feet- some literally. A smattering of couples danced.

For the Festival, the headliner I heard most about was Arturo Sandoval, a protégé of Dizzy Gillespie. Checking Facebook, I saw many friends made the concert. Sounds like it was pure joy. Great music is pure joy, no matter what the genre.

Concerts in the park brought huge crowds this summer to Downtown Vancouver. I also attended a couple Six to Sunset concerts. The Vancouver Symphony was particularly well-suited for Esther Short Park, a summer night, and hundreds of music lovers.

The yearly ritual of outdoor concerts is something many residents look forward to and enjoy. As Summer 2015 winds down, I’m lucky I got to experience a few events and will make sure to attend more next summer.

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Couples dance at Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival, 2015

 

Maureen Andrade

Maureen Andrade

I am the Executive Director of North Bank Artists in the Vancouver Arts District, as well as an artist and writer. Living and working in Clark County for most of my life, I have an appreciation for the good things this community offers. Also, I understand the creative lifestyle from many angles and hope to share some of what I know with my readers.