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Announcing the 2018 Healdsburg Jazz Festival

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.

John Santos, Adam Theis, the Marc Cary Trio, the George Cables Trio and many other artists will perform over the next week of 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.

See the complete lineup here, or go here to buy tickets.

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Charles Lloyd’s Musical Pilgrimage

San Francisco Classical Voice magazine has a great new article on Charles Lloyd, from the Fillmore to the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. “Sometimes soulful, sometimes wild, sometimes soft and fluttery, what emerges is music that is always spontaneous and free. He has made his mark on the world as a musician who knows no boundaries.” Read it now…

George Cables headed for Healdsburg

Only three weeks before the start of the festival we couldn’t be happier to announce that George Cables will be with us for the 20th Anniversary Healdsburg Jazz Festival! Though the great pianist was booked to headline the June 9 concert months ago, he could not commit to being here. But he got the green light from his doctor, and will be returning to the stage to make his 14th appearance at the Festival.

No matter what is thrown at George, he effortlessly translates it into his personal language of joy. This year you can welcome him back to the stage, fronting the George Cables Trio with Essiet Essiet and Victor Lewis, to open the show on Saturday, June 9, sharing the stage with the Festival All-Stars.

Festival All-Stars, June 9

Bobby Watson, Azar Lawrence, David Weiss, Billy Hart, Babatunde Lea and guest Chico Freeman

The band closing out the final Saturday of the 20th anniversary Healdsburg Jazz Festival could have been called Billy Hart Babatunde Lea Percussion Extravaganza, or The Return of Chico Freeman, or The Bobby Watson Soul-Bop Review, or any number of other possibilities. But Festival All-Stars will do fine. Each of the players is a Healdsburg veteran who has delivered some of the most scintillating performances in the festival’s history. Now they are all together in the type of special collaboration on which the festival thrives.

This is the second set of the Saturday, June 9 concert at the Raven Theater with The George Cables Trio playing first. Tickets available now!

Jazz Photography at the Flying Goat

Local photographer George B. Wells has been documenting the annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival almost since its inception. We’ve convinced him to create a gallery exhibit of Festival images, “Where It All Began,” documenting 20 years of jazz in Healdsburg. The photographs will be on display for six weeks, starting Thursday, May 24 and closing on Friday, June 29, at Healdsburg’s Flying Goat Coffee, 324 Center St.

Opening and Reception, Sunday May 27

Meet photographer George Wells and enjoy his perspectives on 20 years of jazz in Healdsburg. The Ricardo Peixoto Quartet will perform during the opening reception, with Peixoto on guitar, Marcos Silva on piano, Scott Thompson on bass and Dillon Vado on drums. Sunday May 27, 7 – 9 p.m., no cover, Healdsburg’s Flying Goat. Read more here.

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.