with the Festival All-Stars (second set)
Saturday, June 9
Raven Performing Arts Theater
115 North Street
Reserved Seating $75 gold circle and $45 General
Event Patron Judy Voigt
Without the presence of piano genius George Cables, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival would be a very different animal. He’s been a stalwart here, leading bands and powering those of others with his impeccably agile and immensely wise playing. That is why he was a natural choice to headline the Healdsburg’s 20th. No matter what is thrown at George, he effortlessly translates it into his personal language of joy. He has done this over the decades for so many jazz greats, from Sonny Rollins to Dexter Gordon to Art Pepper, Freddie Hubbard, and Roy Haynes.
Fans of George likely are aware that he has been experiencing some serious health problem of late and it is possible he will not be able to make his gig scheduled for the Raven Performing Arts Theater. But he is healing after a medical procedure so we are hoping for the best. His rhythm section of Victor Lewis (see June 7) and Essiet Essiet — a solid fleet-fingered post-bopper who has graced the bands of Art Blakey, Kenny Barron, George Adams, and many more – is eager to accompany George because he will make them sound good, as he does with everyone.
There is a great backup plan, just in case. George, here’s a shout-out from the festival – Get better fast! We love you madly.