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Live Jazz at Seasons on Saturday

The summer jazz season is underway at Seasons of the Vineyard, the Ferrari-Carano tasting room and gift shop at 115 Plaza St. in Healdsburg. This Saturday afternoon, from 4 – 6 pm, come join us for the Gaea Schell Trio, featuring the Los Angeles-based jazz pianist/composer and singer. 

Schell promises swing, romanticism and acoustic warmth, incorporating elements of the piano trios of Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and others.  The Trio is rounded out by Mike Bordelon(bass) and Greg Wyser-Pratte (drums). It’s free, from 4 – 6 pm, at Seasons of the Vineyard.

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Win CDs in Ticket-buyer Survey Drawing

Fill out the Survey before July 31 to be entered

What shows did you see at this year’s Healdsburg Jazz Festival, where did you stay, what did you eat and who would you like to see in the future?  

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Healdsburg Jazz Festival, 2014

Share your experiences about this year’s Healdsburg Jazz Festival in our annual Ticket Buyers SurveyWe are giving free prizes to three more survey respondents to encourage you to tell us what you think about your Festival experience. Find out more here or just get started and take the survey! 

Congratulations to Deborah Bertolucci of Geyserville, the winner of our “early bird” survey respondent prize drawing – two tickets to see the Pat Metheny Unity Group and Bruce Hornsby with Sonny Emory at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts on July 17. She saw Charlie Musselwhite’s “Celebration of the Blues” on May 31  - her first Healdsburg Jazz Festival concert. We’re betting it won’t be her last!

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.

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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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