The 2005 Vancouver International Jazz Festival
This year I saw other intrepid jazz lovers who had journeyed up from Seattle, but with over forty concert venues the festival is capable of absorbing a lot more from our region, since just two weeks later, hordes of Seattle's faithful cross the border to share in the celebration that is the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. If you are so someone who looks forward to experiencing jazz in a festival settings, as I am, your year is pretty much set. You can visit the Portland Jazz festival in February, Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend in August and Seattle's Earshot and Ballard jazz festivals in the autumn; all of which are worth attending. Life, as far a jazz is concerned, doesn't end at the Canadian border, and for anyone who is willing, an outstanding event awaits those who venture only a few hours north; hope to see you at the 2006 Vancouver International Jazz Festival.