Jazz fest off and riffing on Sunday



Esther Short Park was alive Sunday with world-class musicians, as the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival ended its 14th annual run.

Performers included The Circle 3, Stanley Jordan, Bill Frisell, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Spyro Gyra.

In addition to the music, the festival offered a selection of more than 200 wines, international cuisine from nine local restaurants, and displays of visual art and crafts from 40 fine artists from California, Montana, Washington and Oregon.

The festival will return again in 2012, said Michael Kissinger, the festival’s artistic director.

“Very pleased. I bet we had 5,000, 6,000 on Saturday,” Kissinger said.

People came from around the country, he said — even Buckeye, Ariz.

“They’re great crowds. They’re very appreciative. They love the event,” Kissinger said.

He estimated the three-day attendance at between 12,000 and 15,000.

Information: http://vancouverwinejazz.com.