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Remembering Charlie Haden

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Join Healdsburg Jazz and Healdsburg Shed on Sunday, October 12, for a free celebration of legendary musician Charlie Haden, through film, music, and testimonials from those who knew him best.  More details in our latest newsletter and in this special post.

Save the Dates: May 29-June 7, 2015

We’re working hard behind the scenes to finalize the schedule for our 17th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival, but it’s not too late for your to mark your calendars – Friday, May 29 through Sunday, June 7, 2015. Ten days of real jazz in the wine country! (Tickets will be available in six months, be patient!)

Are You a Jazz Musician?

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival is a celebration of the American art form known as Jazz. The Festival usually includes ten days of public performances by world-renowned musicians and local groups, and it has grown over the past sixteen years to become one of the North Bay’s most celebrated musical events. We are proud to select and present artists who uphold the jazz traditions. Please visit this page for more information.

seasons-imageJazz It Up! at Seasons of the Vineyard

Relax from the trials and tribulations of “crush” at Seasons of the Vineyard, the tasting bar and gift boutique at 113 Plaza St. You can sip selected wines from Ferrari-Carano Winery and Lazy Creek Vineyards while listening to live jazz artists in performance, hand-picked by Healdsburg Jazz for the local audience. No reservations required, and it’s all free! Read about Jazz at Seasons.

Coming soon to Seasons: October 11 brings The Gary Johnson Quartet be-bopping into the tasting room, and October 25 we find the Terrence Brewer Trio with a guitar groove going on.  Seasons of the Vineyard is located at 113 Plaza St., Healdsburg;  the tasting room opens at 11 am, with live music from 4 – 6 pm only on the Saturdays listed above.

October Jazz Now in the Calendar

All Saturday evening 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 October.

One, Two or Three Year Savings for DownBeat

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

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!


Healdsburg Jazz Festival
P.O. Box 266, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Telephone: (707) 433-4633 | Fax: (707) 431-8371

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