History of Traditional New Orleans Music Henry Butler, solo piano and vocals, and the Russian River Ramblers Raven Theater, 115 North St. Sunday, June 11, 7 p.m. $45 and $30 When it comes to jazz, New Orleans is the city that gave and then kept on giving. The musical breeding ground for such giants of traditional jazz as Louis Armstrong,Read More →

Direct from Paris, France The Django All-Stars Raven Theater, 115 North St. Sunday, June 11, 1 p.m. $45 and $30 For the matchless combination of virtuosity and passion nothing beats the music of the legendary Belgian gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, and no ensemble evokes his genius quite like the Django Festival All-Stars, a French-based outfit who pride themselves on theRead More →

Harvey Wainapel, Adam Schulman, Peter Barshay and Sylvia Cuenca Jazz at the Lobby Concert at Hotel Healdsburg, 25 Matheson St. Saturday, June 10, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. No cover. San Francisco favorite Harvey Wainapel is a local treasure, revered for his mastery of the tenor, alto and soprano saxophones and clarinet. Where other artists multi-task, Wainapel also multi-styles. As conversantRead More →

Joe Lovano, Lawrence Fields, Peter Slavov and Lamy Istrefi Raven Theater, 115 North St. Saturday, June 10, 7:30 p.m. $65 and $45 Is there a more accomplished, expressive and versatile saxophonist on the current jazz scene than Joe Lovano? Since his breakthrough to critical and public acclaim in the 1980s, Lovano has led or participated in countless ensembles of allRead More →

“Lady Sings the Blues” with Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Plus the winner of the HJF Student Jazz Combo Competition Raven Theater, 115 North St. Friday, June 9, 7:30 p.m. $45 and $30 Making a long-awaited festival debut, Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers pay tribute to the great women singers of blues and jazz.Read More →

John Abercrombie with Jared Gold and Adam Nussbaum Healdsburg SHED, 25 North St. Thursday, June 8. Two shows, 7 and 9 p.m. $40 Sometimes the clichéd shoe fits: John Abercrombie is truly one of the legends of jazz guitar.  And while his influences can be hard to pin down—over the years, critics have heard in his playing and composing theRead More →

Dinner Shows with John Santos Quartet Marco Diaz, Saul Sierra, David Flores, and John Santos with guest spoken word artist Rico Pabón Spoonbar, 219 Healdsburg Ave. Wednesday, June 7 – Two shows, 6 and 8 p.m. $65 includes dinner TICKETS: Ticket price includes show, dinner and gratuity, excludes beverages. One of today’s most versatile, innovative and admired percussionists and bandleaders,Read More →

Carlitos Medrano & Sabor de mi Cuba Free Concert at the Healdsburg Plaza Healdsburg Ave. and Matheson St. Tuesday, June 5, 6 – 8 p.m. Cuban music never stints on rhythm, and rhythm makes you want to dance. So consider this an open invitation to move your feet–make that your whole body–when Carlitos Medrano and Sabor De Mi Cuba hitRead More →

Richardo Peixoto, Peter Barshay and Kendrick Freeman Brazilian Jazz at Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen, 317 Healdsburg Ave. Monday, June 5 Sensual and soothing, yet rhythmically vibrant and stimulating, Brazilian music can often produce the perfect evening vibe. The Rio de Janeiro-raised, and now Bay area-based, guitarist Ricardo Peixoto has the classic sounds of Brazil under his fingers. Supported by the drummer KendrickRead More →

20 Piece Big Band / Dance Lessons Jackson Theater, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa Sunday, June 4, 7 p.m. $45, $35 and $25 The pride of San Francisco, the 20-piece Pacific Mambo Orchestra became the talk of the town a few years ago when the band beat out Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives in the “Best Latin Tropical Album”Read More →