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Extra Show and September Dates at the Lobby

The Hotel Healdsburg Lobby has decided to celebrate the Labor Day holiday with an extra night of jazz – on Sunday, Aug. 31. Featured will be the Joe Warner Trio with Ron Belcher on bass and Sly Randolph on drums. Freedom Jazz Choir members and audiences will remember the talented Joe Warner playing piano in the Marcus Shelby Orchestra – show up and welcome him to the Lobby on this special Sunday night!

All the Hotel Healdsburg Lobby performers are listed on this website, under the Events menu listing. You can also find updated listings in the Google Calendar, current through the end of September.

Jazz It Up! at Seasons of the Vineyard

Jazz at Seasons of the Vineyard in Healdsburg

Jazz at Seasons of the Vineyard in Healdsburg

These Saturday afternoon shows are gaining popularity as the word gets out. Guests may sip wines from Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery and Lazy Creek Vineyards, as well as enjoy Scharffen Berger chocolates while listening to free live jazz. No reservations required!

Last Saturday, August 16, Chris Amberger and the Hot Dogs entertained at Seasons with the electric violin and vocals of  Gabe Gladstein, with Zak Leever on piano. The so-called “Hot Dogs” have been playing locally for several years, but seem ready to break out.

August 30: Maria Bija Trio, the Brazilian-world vocalist formerly known as Maria Jameau, will be accompanied by guitar and percussion in the intimate space of Seasons. More on this performance on this website soon.

Other afternoon Jazz It Up! shows coming to Seasons this summer include Shea Breaux Wells on Sept. 13, Batachá on Sept. 27, Gary Johnson Quartet on Oct. 11 and the Terrence Brewer Trio on Oct. 25. Check out this page for more information on these afternoon performances.

Seasons of the Vineyard is located at 115 Plaza St., Healdsburg;  the tasting room opens at 11 am, with live music from 4 – 6 pm only on the Saturdays listed above.

Subscribe to DownBeat Magazine… and Save!

DownBeat current issue DownBeat magazine is offering fans of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival a special subscription discount. Sign up now for just $21, and save 25 percent off the $27.99 annual subscription price! Founded in 1934, DownBeat is the magazine for Jazz, Blues and Beyond, with a multitude of album reviews and hard-hitting interviews with the world’s greatest musicians. You won’t want to miss the world-renowned Festival Guide or annual Critics and Readers polls. Just click here to subscribe! (You may need to refresh your browser once you reach the page to display discounted prices.)

Don’t forget that Members who join at a Jazz Advocate level or above receive a free subscription to the magazine. Why? Because DownBeat is a proud supporter of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival.

Charles Lloyd Named as NEA Jazz Master

Charles Lloyd-2-2011-by George Wells

NEA Jazz Master, Class of 2015 – Charles Lloyd

Carla Bley, George Coleman among others named

Healdsburg Jazz Festival performer Charles Lloyd, who has brought his saxophone improvisational skills and inspiration to several Festivals – including a Sunday morning program for kids this year – is one of four named as this year’s class of NEA Jazz Masters. “Charles Lloyd’s fierce improvisational skills and interest in fusing jazz with non-Western musical styles established him as one of the key figures in the expansion and furthering of the art form,” reads the NEA citation. “Whether playing standards, avant-garde, or world music, Lloyd’s emotional, elegant playing spurs on his fellow musicians.”

Others added to the prestigious list this year include pianist, composer and arranger Carla Bley (a performer in the 2013 Tribute to Charlie Haden), saxophonist George Coleman (who performed with Pharaoh Sanders in the 2000 Festival)  and Chicago jazz impresario Joe Segal.

The Healdsburg Jazz community congratulates all the winners, and we look forward to bringing more NEA Jazz Masters – past and future – to local stages.

Hot Salsa Caps 10-day Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band at Rodney Strong

Festival Finale at Rodney Strong a Scorcher

100-degree weather visited Healdsburg once again, just in time for the finale of the 16th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival at Rodney Strong Vineyards. The Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band stuck it out and played the hot salsa that’s earned them a big following, while the fans of jazz celebrated another successful 10-day festival. Were you there? Add your comments and images to our Facebook page

16th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival May 30-June 8

  • Who’s playing at the Festival? Download PDF schedule (235 kb)
  • Tickets available now from Brown Paper Tickets at this link or at 800-838-3006
  • Walk-in tickets can be purchased at Levin & Co, 306 Center St., Healdsburg
  • View the 2014 Festival Program online in flip-book format! See it here 

 Festival In the News:

  • NEW! Check out the profile of Ron Carter, by Gabe Meline, on KQED online.
  • Profile of Charlie Musselwhite in the SF Chronicle, pick it up or read it online.
  • Interview with Charlie in The Bohemian, read it online.
  • Profile of Charlie in the current issue of Sonoma Magazine, by John Beck. See it online.
  • Musselwhite added to his 2014 Grammy with two awards from the Blues Foundation. More here.
  • On the radio, Marcus Shelby was interviewed by Michael Krasny on KQED-FM Forum, here’s the link.

Members Drive Our Festival

celebrate-jazzDownload our new member brochure! Whether you are a true 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.

Now in its sixteenth year, the HJF enjoys a national reputation for artistic excellence earned by hosting internationally acclaimed jazz musicians, showcasing some of California’s foremost jazz performers and nurturing new talent. New benefits for 2014 include CDs from ECM, Motéma and Highnote Records, which include among their artists several Healdsburg Jazz Festival performers of past and current years.

Visit Membership Levels to learn more about what you get for supporting the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. If you have more to give, Become a Patron - the benefits to you are commensurate with your generosity. Join now!


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