Welcome to Healdsburg Jazz

Volunteers: First volunteer meeting March 29 at Healdsburg High School Library, 6 p.m. More details here…

Lineup for the 2017 Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Trios and quartets, big bands and small combos and solo artists from a wide range of jazz styles. Featured artists include the Heath Brothers, Henry Butler, John Abercrombie Trio, Joe Lovano Quartet (left) and many more!  The full lineup is found on this page, and each individual show is listed in the right sidebar with direct links. Tickets on sale March 29… now available if you’re a member! (Go here for details)

Download HJF2017 brochure (PDF, 1.7 MB)

April 9: The David Berkman Quartet

Pianist David Berkman brings his outstanding quartet, featuring Dayna Stephens, Linda Oh and Rudy Royston, to town on Friday, April 9, as part of the ongoing, year-round Parlor Jazz Series at Paul Mahder Gallery. They are touring from the East Coast and, to our good fortune, will make a stop in Healdsburg. Begin the Festival season with this great Sunday-night concert! Tickets $30, now available.

April 22: Student Jazz Combo Competition

“There is no better example of democracy than a jazz ensemble: individual freedom to express but with responsibility to the group.” – Herbie Hancock

The legacy of jazz will get a new addition on Saturday, April 22, when 10 combos made up of Sonoma County high-school age musicians will compete in the inaugural Student Jazz Combo Competition, at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa.

The competition will be a friendly one, emphasizing feedback and poise in performance. We know from experience that within a jazz combo, young musicians learn to take their turn, find their voice, negotiate and come to a resolution—all qualities needed for survival in our world today. Learn more about the Student Jazz Combo Competition.

April 22: Redwood Empire All-Stars and Student Jam Session

Come hear the finale of the Student Jazz Combo Competition on Saturday night, April 22, 7 p.m. at Santa Rosa’s Glaser Center. With Bennett Friedman on tenor sax, with Doug Leibinger on trombone, Kasey Knudsen on alto, Carlitos Medrano on percussion (all pictured), plus Randy Vincent on guitar, Ken Cook on piano, Cliff Hugo on bass and Kendrick Freeman on drums, they’ll show how far local jazz can go. Their set will be followed by a Student Jam Session, featuring the young musicians from the day’s competition. Tickets only $10, now available.

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 play for the Healdsburg public, an always-popular show including Azar Lawrence on tenor sax, Angela Wellman on trombone, Gecchi Taylor on trumpet, Gary Brown on bass, Frank Martin on piano and leader Babatunde on drums and percussion. This annual event is always a great evening of dynamic music and a real crowd-pleaser! Tickets $25, available now.

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…

Jazz & Wine Dinners
Dry Creek Kitchen

Final weeks! Featuring jazz and Brazilian music at Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen, one of the wine country’s premier restaurants. Enjoy a special three-course dinner for $36 (or $51 with paired wines) while enjoying live music from some of the region’s best jazz musicians.  Two dollars from each meal will be donated to the Healdsburg Education Foundation. Every Monday and Tuesday through March. 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.

Members: Manage your own account using our new Membership portal.

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!