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Celebrating 20 years of bringing
jazz performance, education &
culture to our community… HBGJAZZ
Local guitarist Julian Lage and the genre-spanning Bill Frisell will open the 2018 Healdsburg Jazz Festival at the SHED in Healdsburg on Friday, June 1, to kick off 10 days of great jazz in our 20th Anniversary Festival (sorry, this event is sold out). Other artists over the first weekend alone include the Fred Hersch Trio and Trio da Paz, with guests Anat Cohen and Claudia Villela, saxophonist and flutist Charles Lloyd performing with Zakir Hussain, Gerald Clayton, Eric Harland and others.
Then John Santos, Adam Theis, the Marc Cary Trio, the George Cables Trio and many more will play over the 10-day festival. Highlights include a special Celebrating Geri Allen night with Ravi Coltrane, Dave Holland and Terri Lyne Carrington, and a Festival All-Stars set with Bobby Watson, David Weiss, Billy Hart and guest Chico Freeman — plus our traditional finale, A Night in New Orleans.
Student Jazz Combo Competition, April 21
Music students across Sonoma County are prepping for the second annual Student Jazz Combo Competition. A total of ten teams schools are participating this year, including students from grades 9-12 to explore their creativity by forming small groups for a juried competition. Combos perform numbers from a variety of jazz-oriented genres for up to 30 minutes, with at least one tune having a swing feel.
The entire event takes place at Windsor High School, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. The winning team will be announced at 5 p.m. Then after a break, the day climaxes with a performance and jam with the Azar Lawrence Quartet, with Frank Martin, Gary Brown and Lorca Hart accompanying the tenor sax veteran, plus guest Kasey Knudsen, starting at 6:30. The entire day-long event is free, so everyone can have a chance to “cheer on” their school musicians.
If you have a student in local secondary schools, or if you used to be one yourself, please mark your calendar to attend this free community event. It will inspire as well as entertain, and reinforce your commitment to – and love of – jazz in education.
Babatunde Lea and Friends, April 20
Another exciting jazz event coming up soon is our 12th Parlor Jazz Concert, with Babatunde Lea and Friends at the Paul Mahder Gallery (222 Healdsburg Ave.) on Friday, April 20. It’s our annual Operation Jazz Band performance, with the musicians who have been crusading for jazz education in primary schools all week. This year the concert will feature the music of the legendary John Coltrane, featuring the tenor sax of Azar Lawrence, as well as Tiffany Austin (vocals), Angela Wellman (trombone), Joel Behrman (trumpet), Gary Brown (bass) and Frank Martin (piano), as well as the charismatic Babatunde Lea on percussion. Tickets now available on this page.
DownBeat’s ode to HJF
Contributor Yoshi Kato penned a nice dual portrait of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival and founder Jessica Felix in the current issue of DownBeat (May 2018). Of the recent fires in Sonoma County, Felix says, “We were all hard-hit, and this festival’s going to be important spiritually and economically for the area.” See the complete article in this PDF, or visit Downbeat.com.
Live Jazz in Healdsburg
Saturdays, Hotel Healdsburg Lobby
Stay cool with Saturday night jazz in Hotel Healdsburg’s Fireplace Lounge, starting at 6:30 p.m. The Spirit Bar features some of the coolest players in the region performing an eclectic mix of jazz with diverse influences – Cuban, gypsy, blues, Brazilian, classic jazz standards and more. Plus small-plate menu from the Dry Creek Kitchen, full bar and no cover! Complete schedule here…
About Healdsburg Jazz
Now entering our 20th year, Healdsburg Jazz enjoys a national reputation for artistic excellence, hosting internationally acclaimed jazz musicians, showcasing the area’s foremost jazz performers and nurturing new talent. Whether you are a jazz fan, a lover of live performance, a believer in art education in our schools, or just someone who enjoys a lively hometown vibe, this cultural gem deserves your support. Download our Membership brochure.
Interested? Learn more about Membership on this page. Go to Membership Levels to learn what you get for your support. Or Become a Patron – the benefits are commensurate with your generosity. Join now and start receiving the benefits of Membership, and giving your support to HBGJAZZ.