Festival Finale: Haynes, Jordan, Iyer – June 10

  • Roy Haynes & Fountain of Youth with guest Craig Haynes

  • Sheila Jordan & Cameron Brown Duo

  • Vijay Iyer Trio with guest Graham Haynes

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The grand finale for the 14th Healdsburg Jazz Festival is a truly special affair. It’s a day to celebrate Roy-alty–drummer/ bandleader/NEA Jazz Master Roy Haynes and his family and friends. Each of the three acts is part of Roy-alty. During his own set with the Fountain of Youth band, Roy’s son Craig—who has obviously learned the necessity of dancing behind the drum kit from Dad—will be guesting on percussion.

Second on the bill, fellow NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan, has been a family friend of Roy’s since the early ‘50s; she pushed newborn Craig around in a stroller along with her own daughter. Opening act Vijay Iyer, a fast-rising star in jazz, has invited Roy’s son Graham, a brilliant cornetist/electronic music artist, to sit in as a special guest.

Roy Haynes and Fountain of Youth with guest Craig Haynes

Roy Haynes, at 87, is jazz Roy-alty. He’s one of the greatest drummers of all time, he’s an NEA Jazz Master with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys, he’s played with practically every significant jazz artist of note going back to Louis Armstrong, he’s produced two sons and a grandson who each are great musicians–and even his name means “king.”... {read more about Roy Haynes}

Sheila Jordan and Cameron Brown Vocal and Bass Duo

Something that can’t be said about many singers is true of Sheila Jordan. She doesn’t sound like anybody else. Emerging in Detroit in the late 1940s, Jordan fell under the sway of Charlie Parker. That wasn’t unusual for singers.

But Sheila found a way into bebop that was unique. Instead of merely singing the horn solos or the melody, she treated the tunes much as a great visual artist uses a block of clay, cutting tantalizing aural sculptures with precision vocal strikes that swoop, shock and delight… {read more about Sheila Jordan}

Vijay Iyer Trio with guest Graham Haynes

Vijay Iyer, who earned a Ph.D at UC Berkeley in the ‘90s while playing jazz piano in dives around town, moved to New York in 1998 and gradually established himself as one of the leading lights of creative improvised music. His last album Historicity, earned a Grammy™ nomination, and his just released Accelerando has been attracting nonstop raves for his radical yet sensual trio interpretations of tunes like Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” and Herbie Nichols’ “Wildflower” … {read more about Vijay Iyer}

There’s another thing each of these musicians shares with Roy–a compulsion to perform at the highest level. Will there be any surprises for the grand finale? Impossible to say, but with all the jazz royalty occupying Healdsburg this year, it wouldn’t be wise to count anything out.