New Orleans on the Green with Dr. Michael White Quartet, MJ’s Brass Boppers Brass Band and Russian River Ramblers   Dry Creek Vineyard  3770 Lambert Bridge Rd., Healdsburg (Dry Creek Valley) | 5 p.m. $45 includes commemorative wine glass TICKETS Dry Creek Vineyard wine and New Orleans-style cuisine available for purchase. No outside alcoholic beverages permitted. Lawn seating, low chairs allowed, no dogs. Healdsburg Jazz Wine Club members can redeem their June Party free ticket for this event. Dr. Michael White is a scholar who’s made it his life’s mission to explain the importance of New Orleans jazz, and then to prove it with his formidableRead More →

Sunday Morning “Beyond the Blues” Marcus Shelby Orchestra with special guests Tiffany Austin and Craig Handy Raven Performing Arts Theater 115 North Street, Healdsburg 11 a.m. | Free “Beyond the Blues” was commissioned and is co-presented today by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco. Marcus Shelby is a powerful bass player, bandleader and composer who has taken on an extra task – reminding and educating Americans about African American history and its connection to music, namely blues, gospel, spirituals and jazz. He is a scholar and teacher, but without any of the stuffiness associated with those trades. When he undertakes a project, his goal is toRead More →

Saturday Night with Fred Hersch & Anat Cohen Raven Performing Arts Theater 115 North Street, Healdsburg 7:30 p.m. $65 | $45 Reserved Seating Event Sponsor – Judy Voigt TICKETS A nurturer of talent, pianist Fred Hersch has taught a panoply of current stars, Brad Mehldau, Ethan Iverson, and Jason Moran among them. But when Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen arrived to collaborate with Hersch, she came as an equal – a romantic with a tone as big as the sky and a fertile, limitless imagination. Perfect for Hersch, who is a genius for whom all possibilities emerge from the romantic. Hersch currently leads probably the greatestRead More →

Babatunde Lea and Friends at the Lobby including Teodross Avery, Gary Brown and special guests Hotel Healdsburg Lobby 25 Matheson Street, Healdsburg 9 p.m. – Midnight Friday & Saturday, June 9-10 No cover Sponsors: Chalk Hill Estates, Roth Winery, North Coast Brewing Cº The music doesn’t stop off the stages at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. In fact, some of the best stuff arguably occurs where musicians and fans alike like to kick back, in the lobby of the Hotel Healdsburg on Saturdays and Sundays. There is no cover for this casual venue – but it’s worth it at any price. This year, it’s a partyRead More →

Friday Night with the Joey Alexander Trio Jackson Theater 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa 8:00 p.m. | $75 | $55 | $45 Reserved seating Event Sponsor – Thomas Sparks, Jr. Beverage sponsors: Foley, North Coast and Arbor Bench, Young’s Market TICKETS Those of us who have thrown in with this art form called jazz probably have in inkling of how challenging it is to play. Jazz is a lifetime project that requires, at minimum, the skills of a well-trained classical musician, but brings in an entirely different spectrum of artistry – improvisation. Jazz musicians have to go way beyond the reading of charts; they mustRead More →

“Reinventing Motown” with the Claire Daly Quintet Paul Mahder Gallery 222 Healdsburg Avenue paulmahdergallery.com 7  p.m. | $30 Event Sponsors North Coast Brewing Company and Healdsburg Sotheby’s International Real Estate TICKETS Female musicians have been steadily chipping away at the men’s world of jazz, but special admiration has to go to the women who tackle instruments associated with physicality, hence masculinity.  One of them is the baritone saxophone – big, heavy, lung-taxing – and while Claire Daly is not the first woman to play it, she is certainly giving it a good run. On Thursday at Paul Mahder Gallery, Daly and her quintet will be performingRead More →

Charlie Hunter Trio with Kirk Knuffke and Scott Amendola Exploring music of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Hank Williams, the Cars and more Spoonbar 219 Healdsburg Ave., (707) 433-7222 Two shows, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Concert and Dinner Show, $60. Ticket price includes show and fixed price dinner; beverages extra. Dinner seatings start at 5:30; reservations required. Please follow this link to purchase tickets. Charlie Hunter‘s inclusion on the 2016 Healdsburg Jazz roster puts the festival squarely in the vanguard of jazz guitar. Include Julian Lage, who’s playing on June 3, and you have a triumph of guitar innovation – fertilized in Northern California musical soil.Read More →

‘Tuesday in the Plaza’ with Grupo Falso Baiano with vocalist Fabiana Passoni and percussionist Jorge Alabe Healdsburg Plaza Corner Plaza & Matheson 6-8  p.m. | Free African rhythms, brought to the Americas via slaves, were the seeds that at gave rise to blues, jazz, rhythm and blues and basically all forms of popular music in what became the United States. Those seeds spread much farther, instigating dozens of forms, including soca, calypso , bachata, mambo, reggae – and one that arose in 19th century Brazil called choro. Grupo Falso Baiano plays an energetic blend of instrumental Brazilian choro, samba and jazz. They are bringing this swinging,Read More →

Kevin Fitzsimmons Quartet at DCK Dry Creek Kitchen 317 Healdsburg Avenue 6:30-9:30 p.m. On Monday the Dry Creek Kitchen will heat up with the hard-charging post-bop vibe of the Kevin Fitzsimmons Quartet, a Sonoma County favorite thanks to the sharp playing of the leader on drums, Chris Amberger (formerly with Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Donald Byrd, Red Garland, among others) on bass, Delta College Music Department head Aaron Garner on piano, and polished sax man Francis Vanek  (who has played with Ernie Watts, Tom Scott, Eddie Daniels among others). Officially Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen, the sidewalk-side restaurant of the Hotel Healdsburg has been aRead More →

Sunday Blues Brunch with Lady Bianca Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards 4401 Slusser Road, Windsor 11 am-1 pm | $30 NOTE: Some materials have listed this performance on the wrong day. The correct date for this event is Sunday, June 5. Brunch not included in ticket price; items will be available for purchase (see Menu below). Healdsburg Jazz & Wine Club members can redeem their ‘June Party’ ticket for admission to this event. TICKETS Aretha Franklin has the “Queen of Soul” thing trademarked, but Lady Bianca is the “Queen of the Blues and Gospel.” Like Aretha, Lady Bianca is all soul. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1953 andRead More →