VanPort Jazz is a musical ensemble dedicated to maintaining the tradition and innovation of Big Band music. Over the past decade, the ensemble has evolved from a local community group focusing on early swing music, to its current roster of 17 talented amateur, semi-professional, and retired professional musicians playing from an eclectic book of some 300 charts. VanPort Jazz is based in Vancouver, Washington, and performs throughout Washington and Oregon.
Over time, through regular rehearsals, the ensemble members have become a cohesive group with consistent musical expression in phrasing, style and presentation. This familiarization and camaraderie is cherished by the ensemble, which projects as a thoroughly enjoyable audience experience.
The music ranges from danceable swing to popular to exciting, and has enjoyed wide acceptance for a broad range of performance experiences from jazz fests to weddings to public street fairs.
VanPort Jazz has performed at venues such as the Newmark Theater at the Portland 5, the Laurelhurst Club, the Portland Noon Concert Series, Clark College, the Vancouver Elks, the Airshow of the Cascades, Pearson Air Museum, Clark County Fairgrounds, Leupke Center, Vancouver Recycled Arts Festival, and many private events throughout the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas.
We are available to play for events of any size, including:
- Community events
See our contact page to book the band for your next event.
Are you a talented amateur or semi-professional musician? We are always looking for good people. Submit your musical resume by filling out the form on our contact page and we'll get back to you about next steps. Please do not show up to rehearsal expecting to sit in without arranging it with us in advance.