Welcome to Healdsburg Jazz

Volunteers: Next volunteer meeting Wednesday April 26 at Healdsburg High School Library, 6 p.m. Details here…

The 2017 Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Tootie and Jimmie Heath, June 3

Trios and quartets, big bands and small combos and solo artists from a wide range of jazz styles – for almost 20 years, the best of America’s musical gift to the world has come to Healdsburg.

This year’s featured artists include the Heath Brothers, Bobby Hutcherson Tribute Band, Henry Butler, The Django All-Stars, Joe Lovano Quartet and the Kenny Garrett Quintet among many others. The full lineup is found on this page, and each individual show is listed in the right sidebar with direct links.

2017 Healdsburg Jazz Festival tickets now on sale!

Download HJF2017 brochure (PDF, 1.7 MB)

Complete schedule and event information…

April 28: Operation Jazz Band

It’s the annual return of the Operation Jazz Band artists, Babatunde Lea and Friends, who have been helping local secondary school children in Healdsburg understand the underpinnings of jazz all week.

On Friday, April 28, they’ll play a “Tribute to the Masters” – not just Trane, Miles, Horace, Cannonball and McCoy but also relatively unsung heroes like George Adams, Don Pullen, Junior Cook, Harold Mabern (Harold always burns!) and others who have made jazz such a vital force in American music. Other musicians (what a lineup!) include Azar Lawrence, Angela Wellman, Geechi Taylor, Gary Brown and  Frank Martin. Tickets just $25, available now.

Winners of the Student Jazz Combo Competition

Winning combo was the Mario Aparicio Quintet, from Casa Grande High School.

Casa Grande High School’s quintet won top honors at the inaugural Student Jazz Combo Competition, held Saturday, April 22 at Santa Rosa’s Glaser Center. They won a $1,000 prize and a spot on stage at the June 9 Healdsburg Jazz Festival concert featuring Lavay Smith.

Other winners at last weekend’s event include 2nd place finishers Petaluma High School Jazz Combo ($500 prize) and the Healdsburg High Jazz Ensemble in third ($250). All participating musicians get tickets to a Healdsburg Jazz Festival event too. Congratulations!

Jazz at the Spirit Bar
Hotel Healdsburg Lobby

Stay warm with Saturday night jazz in Hotel Healdsburg’s Fireplace Lounge. The Spirit Bar Series features some of the best players in the region performing an eclectic mix of jazz with diverse influences – Cuban, gypsy, blues, Brazilian, classic jazz standards and more. Complete schedule here…

Membership Drives the Festival

Now entering our 19th 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.

Interested? Join or renew your membership on this page.

If you are not already a member, now is the time to Become a Member. New benefits include CDs from ECM, Motéma and Highnote Records, and a subscription to DownBeat magazine for Jazz Advocate and above. Download our current membership brochure now!

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!