Welcome to Healdsburg Jazz

photo-from-the-church-1We’re remembering Bobby Hutcherson, a jazz great and a gentleman. He had been with the Healdsburg Jazz Festival from the outset, playing in our first year’s program with Cedar Walton, Tony Dumas and Billy Higgins, and three more times after that. Even when he couldn’t make it, he was there in spirit and never far from our thoughts.

Bobby passed away Aug. 15, and though he had been ailing it was still a shock. In the community spirit that our organization tries to foster, Healdsburg Jazz, SFJAZZ, Monterey Jazz and Jazz at Lincoln Center are all working together on a Memorial for Bobby Hutcherson, to be held Sunday, October 23 at SFJAZZ. All proceeds will benefit the Hutcherson Family Medical Fund. Tickets are now on sale at the SFJAZZ website.

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septemberSept. 30 at SSU

Wesla Whitfield, nationally known for her dazzling performances from the Great American Songbook, performs an evening of “Music From the Movies” in a live fundraising performance for the Sonoma Film Institute, with her musical director Mike Greensill. Whitfield will sing Friday, September 30, at 7:30 in Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, on the Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert Park. Tickets are $30 at this link.

Just announced
helensungHelen Sung Quartet, Nov. 4

A very special event is planned for this coming November 4 with a return of pianist Helen Sung – who inaugurated our Parlor Jazz series on October 11, 2015 – this time with a quartet to back her up. She’ll appear at the Paul Mahder Gallery, 222 Healdsburg Ave., with John Ellis (tenor sax), Boris Kozlov (bass) and Terreon Gully (drums), all well-known players active on the New York scene. Tickets and further details will soon be available. Read more…

Student Jazz Combo Competition

Download the applicationKeyboardist, band leader and composer Herbie Hancock has said, “There is no better example of democracy than a jazz ensemble: individual freedom to express but with responsibility to the group.”

With this ideal of music as a personal growth opportunity within a cooperative community in mind, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival Organization invites area high schools to participate in a new, free program for high school musicians: the Student Jazz Combo Competition (SJCC).

The competition, which will take place in April 2017, is a friendly one, emphasizing feedback and poise in performance rather than strict judgment. We know from experience that within a jazz combo, young musicians learn to take their turn, find their voice, agree and disagree and come to a resolution—all qualities needed for survival in our world today.

Learn more about the SJCC

Download the competition application form

Saturday Night Jazz at Hotel Healdsburg Lobby

Saturday, September 24
Grant Levin Trio with Chris Amberger and Louis Sweatt
Piano, Acoustic Bass, Drums

Seasons of the Vineyard – Occasional Saturday concerts

September 24 – Chris Amberger & the Hot Dogs

With the “Young Brauts” featuring Lewis Sweatt. Bass master Amberger plays energetic jazz featuring up-and-coming young jazz musicians with Grant Levin on piano and special guest vocalist Kevin Durkin.


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.

The simplest way to do this is 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 2016 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!