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All entries by July 31 eligible to win CD prizes

Dear Healdsburg Jazz Festival Ticket Buyer

THANK YOU for purchasing your tickets to the 2014 Healdsburg Jazz Festival through Brown Paper Tickets, and attending our 16th annual musical event.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as we all did, from opening night with Marc Cary at Healdsburg SHED to the Festival Finale with Poncho Sanchez at Rodney Strong, and everything in between.

I’d like to ask you to take part in an important survey about your attendance at this year’s Festival —  what else you did in Healdsburg, what acts you saw and who you might like to see in the future. We are even giving prizes to several survey respondents to encourage you to let us know your experiences and preferences (see below).

It’s a short, easy-to-answer survey. Your input will be VERY HELPFUL to us as we:

  1. Attempt to learn about your experiences at the Festival in order to make future Festivals even more entertaining and enjoyable;
  2. Quantify the makeup of the Festival audience and the impact Festival attendees have on the local economy; and
  3. Gather required data for various organizations from which the Festival has received important financial grants and support.

The survey will take just a  few minutes to complete. Please click on the link below, or copy it and paste it into your Internet browser:

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.

The final deadline for completing the survey is July 31, and all survey respondents will be entered into a drawing for CDs by jazz artists.

•    One First Prize of the winner’s choice from available music of three CDs
•    Three Second Prizes of the winners’ choice of two CDs .

Please take a few minutes to complete it now. Just click on the link below, or copy it and paste it into your Internet browser:

Once again, THANK YOU for your participation in our survey and for your support of the 2014 Healdsburg Jazz Festival.

Musically yours,
Jessica Felix
Artistic Director

June 8 – Poncho Sanchez and Claudia Villela

A Latin Jazz Festival Finale

Poncho SanchezWhen: Sunday, June 8
Where: Rodney Strong Vineyards, 11455 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg
Time: 3 pm (Gates open 2 pm)
Tickets: $65 | $45 | Children 10 and under FREE
Low chairs only, no umbrellas (see seating notes below)
Winery sponsor Rodney Strong Vineyards
Food Vendors: Fork Catering, Killer Baking Co. and Wurst Sausage Grill


Mind, heart and feet will be the main attributes at the Festival Finale, as Latin jazz stars Poncho Sanchez and Claudia Villela supply grooves for dancing and grist for the imagination at Rodney Strong Vineyards.

Seating notes: The $65 ticket includes a standard-size folding chair under a shade canopy. Chairs and canopy are supplied. There are no chairs and no shade supplied for the $45 ticket, it’s open seating in the grassy area in front of the stage. The “low chair, no umbrellas” request is for those seated in this front area or elsewhere on the viewing grounds.

Claudia Villela (Ron Jones)

Opening the show, Rio de Janeiro-raised Claudia Villela is primed to mesmerize the crowd with the haunting vocals and powerful piano playing that have made her a top attraction of Brazilian music. She dominated at our 2009 Latin Jazz in Concert, and continues to gain new fans with every appearance.

Her band is bolstered by the stunning and complex guitar playing of her longtime companion, guitarist Ricardo Peixoto, and the versatile percussion of Brian Rice, a master of an entire range of Latin instruments including the pandeiro hand drum critical to the music of Brazil. Prepare to be mesmerized, and don’t forget to samba. Visit

Then Poncho Sanchez takes the stage, with his eight-piece Latin Jazz Band pushing the deep grooves that have made him the country’s most consistently popular Latin jazz artist. For more than 30 years Sanchez has done the good work of fusing dance music to modern jazz with an effortlessness that masks the virtuosity underneath. The result? The grooves get you moving while the solos dazzle.

As befits a Mexican-American who dove headlong into Afro-Cuban jazz in his early days, singer and conguero Sanchez delivers a true musical fusion. His pan Latin mastery has made him a valuable contributor to the music of Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Eddie Harris, Freddie Hubbard, Tito Puente and many more, and earned him a Grammy award for his own album Latin Soul, one of 25 discs he’s recorded for Concord.


When Sanchez plays his arms tell the story, moving elastically as they translate currents from the heart and mind into a mile-wide clave. Whether he’s delivering a cha-cha, bolero, timba or mambo, the rhythms and the riffs make sitting still impossible. His band consists of Sanchez on congas and lead vocals, Francisco Torres on trombone, Ron Blake on trumpet and flugelhorn, Joey De Leon Jr. on timbales, Rob Hardt on saxophones and flute, Andy Langham on piano, Rene Camacho on bass, and Angel Rodriguez on bongos and percussion. Visit

For more about the venue, see our Festival FAQ.


June 8 – Charles Lloyd & Zakir Hussain Workshop

Common Ground Youth Workshop 

Charles Lloyd (George Wells)What: Free interactive workshop for students K-12
When: Sunday morning, June 8
Where: Raven Theater, 115 North St., Healdsburg
Time: 11 am
Tickets: Students k-12 free / Adults no charge, must be accompanied by a student.
All seats must be reserved by credit card, available by phone only. Monday-Friday, 11 am – 4 pm, (707) 433-4644

A great friend of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, saxophone sage Charles Lloyd returns on June 8 in collaboration with tabla legend Zakir Hussain and dancer Antonia Minnecola to present a free interactive workshop geared for youth, called “Common Ground.”

Zakir Hussain (George Wells)

A Family Event – Parents, bring as many students as you want to spend time with jazz great Charles Lloyd on saxophone and legendary tabla player Zakir Hussain, Sunday morning June 8th at the Raven Theater in Healdsburg.  They will be joined by dancer Antonia Mennecola in what will be unique opportunity to be up close and personal with musicians of this caliber who have offered to share their love of music with the youth of our community.

Don’t miss this rare musical gift to the students of our community.  Bring your young music lovers and their friends to this very special inspirational music workshop presented by the Healdsburg Jazz Festival and the City of Healdsburg

This event is FREE to students in grades K-12, but must be reserved in advance by calling 707 433-4644 (business hours Mon.-Fri., 11 am – 4 pm).  Adults must bring at least one student.  Seats are limited and must be reserved by phone order with a credit card.  (Cancellations or changes accepted until June 4.) Reservations not used, will be charged $10 per seat.

Share the gift of music with the young people in your life and in our community on Sunday, June 8, at the Raven Theater.

Funded in part by the City of Healdsburg.

June 7 – Other Saturday Events

Meet the Vintners

Wine Club June sampler

With jazz piano from Susan Sutton

When: Saturday Afternoon, June 7
Where: Erickson Fine Art Gallery, 324 Healdsburg Ave.
Time: 4 – 6:00 pm  Free. Sponsored by

Meet the owners and winemakers of Tympany Wines, Lynda and Louis Jordan. Their cabernet is one of the four bottles included in the June Wine Club Sampler.  Stop by and taste the exceptional wine, listen to cool jazz piano by Susan Sutton and check out the paintings and more in this gallery right next door to the historic  old bank on Healdsburg Ave.

Benny Barth Trio

Benny Barth

When: Saturday Afternoon, June 7
Where: Seasons of the Vineyard, 113 Plaza St., Healdsburg
Time: 4 – 6:00 pm
No cover,  Ferrari-Carano Winery

At 85 years old, Benny Barth is jazz history personified. He’s played drums behind Duke Ellington, Ben Webster, Wes Montgomery and on and on. He played the at first Monterey Jazz Festival in 1958 with his band the Mastersounds, and at the 50th one in 2007 with the Benny Barth Trio, featuring Randy Vincent on guitar and Chris Amberger on bass. This same trio will be a treat for Healdsburg Jazz Festival goers the afternoon of June 7. Watch them live, sample the wines, shop for merch and love the vibe of Healdsburg Jazz.

Lorca Hart Trio

Lorca HartWhen: Saturday, June 7, 9 – Midnight
Where: Hotel Healdsburg Lobby, 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg
No cover, Winery sponsor Chalk Hill Winery

There are always surprises at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, and one place you are almost guaranteed to find some is the Hotel Healdsburg. That’s where the musicians come to hang out after their gigs are done, and they often sit in with the band. And when the band is led by drummer Lorca Hart, anything is possible. Ben Stolorow and Sam Bevan  round out the trio, on piano and bass respectively.

Lorca is the son of one of jazz’s real drum legends, Billy Hart. Since he’s been hired by musicians ranging from Hugh Masakela to Julian Lage to Red Holloway, you can consider this Hart well seasoned. Come over to the Lobby and see for yourself.

June 7 – Ron Carter Quartet

and the Healdsburg High School Jazz Band

Ron Carter (FortunaSung)When: Saturday, June 7
Where: Raven Theater, 115 North Stret, Healdsburg
Time: 7:30 pm
Tickets: $75 | $55 (Reserved Seating)
Event Sponsor: Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation


There aren’t really many superlatives in the lexicon that haven’t already been applied to bassist Ron Carter. Any major jazz figure between now and 1960 is likely to have utilized his services — he is more in demand than any other bass player. He’s appeared on more jazz albums than anyone else. He can contribute more to a band than practically anyone, on any instrument, could dream of.

Check out the profile of Ron Carter, 
by Gabe Meline, on KQED online.

From Eric Dolphy to Jim Hall to Antonio Carlos Jobim to Kenny Burrell to Roberta Flack to Paul Desmond to McCoy Tyner to A Tribe Called Quest to Phoebe Snow to major symphony orchestras to Miles Davis— whose magical second quintet he anchored for five years—Ron has been the pulse, or as he likes to put it, “the quarterback.” He is an NEA Jazz Master, but as for the rest of his awards, international accolades, honorary degrees and directorships, feel free to Google him because there are too many to list here. He’s just done it all. Visit

Well, not everything. For instance, he’s never performed at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. Thankfully, that oversight is being rectified this summer. The 76-year-old bassist arrives with his quartet featuring three superb players: drummer Payton Crossley, percussionist Rolando Morales-Mattos, and pianist Renee Rosnes, whose spectacular skills will also be on display in the Raven Theater show on June 6.

This group romps through ballads, blues, sambas and a handful of Miles Davis tunes, with the elegant Carter always in the fore showing how exquisite touch, dead-on timing, astounding flexibility and a deep spirit can usher in transcendence. In a field where the word “legend” is overused, come and witness one of the real ones.

Healdsburg High School Jazz Band with Lorca HartOpening the concert will be the year-end performance of the Healdsburg High School Jazz Band, a 7-piece combo featuring local students, many of whom have played together for three years. Under the tutelage of drummer and director Lorca Hart, they has achieved maximum swing. Expect a brass-heavy attack and solos from each of these talented young musicians, last seen at the February Jazz on the Menu at Costeaux.

June 6 – Other Friday Events

Wine & Food Pairings plus Jazz in the Lobby

Smith Dobson VSmith Dobson Quartet

When: Friday Afternoon, June 6
Where: Partake by K-J, 241 Healdsburg Ave.
Time: 5 – 7:00 pm
Reservations recommended: (707) 433-6000,

In Bay Area Jazz circles, the name Smith Dobson is quite a pedigree. Smith Dobson IV was a brilliant pianist and educator who worked with Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Bobby Hutcherson before his life was cut short in a car crash in 2001. Various family members are proudly bearing the torch, including Smith Dobson V.  He’s very focused on swinging, but always with an ear open to what’s new. With Dobson on saxophone, pianist Keith Saunders, bassist Doug Stuart and drummer Tony Johnson, this quartet will deliver a hard-driving set that balances past, present and future. The venue is Partake by K-J, Kendall-Jackson’s dining and tasting room in the center of Healdsburg just off the Healdsburg Plaza, for a Friday afternoon “Happy Hour” of food, wine and jazz – the way we like it.

Walter Savage’s Bucket List

Walter Savage

When: Friday Evening, June 6
Where: Hotel Healdsburg Lobby, 25 Matheson St.
Time: 9 pm – Midnight
No Cover.
Winery sponsor Chalk Hill Winery

A Bay Area bass mainstay for many years, Walter Savage always brings something extra thanks to his desire to get his instrument front and center without ever losing the groove. Now living in Arkansas, the bassist has always wanted to play the Healdsburg Jazz Festival – it‘s on his “bucket list,” hence the band name. It’s going to be a Healdsburg reunion for Walter and some of the cream of Bay Area jazz artists: pianist Glen Pearson, saxophonist Dave Ellis and drummer Deszon Claiborne.  And since it’s after-hours for the Raven Theater crowd, who knows who will show up in the audience – or on the bandstand?

June 6 – Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes Piano Duo plus…

With Special Guest Bobby Hutcherson

Renee Rosnes and Bill CharlapWhen: Friday, June 6
Where: Raven Theater, 115 North St., Healdsburg
Time: 7:30 pm
Tickets: Reserved Seating $65 | $45


Elegance, impeccability, adventure, swing, dynamism, sass—these are some of the qualities Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes each bring to the grand piano. Put the two together— which is easy to do as they’re married — and you have something like the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of jazz piano. Yes, they are that good. After years of recording in their own respective bands and as sidepeople with a host of jazz greats, Bill and Renee released Double Portrait in 2010, and they’ll be assuming their tandem grand mode for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival.

Bobby HutchersonAs an added highlight, legendary jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson will play with Charlap and Rosnes during the evening. Hutcherson has been a mentor as well as stage partner for the piano duo over the years, and Healdsburg Jazz is proud to welcome the NEA Jazz Master him back to town.

Despite the virtuosity Renee and Bill share, each has found different routes to the keys. Whereas Bill Charlap has displayed uncommon devotion to the standard repertoire, Renee is a prolific composer and pretty much game for anything. Born to Broadway composer Moose Charlap and singer Sandy Stewart, Bill—a two-time Grammy nominee—has worked with Tony Bennett, Phil Woods, Gerry Mulligan and Benny Carter, among others. Since 1997 he has led a trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington that invites comparison to the great trios of Bill Evans. Bill Charlap on the web

A Canadian who has garnered four Juno awards (that country’s equivalent of the Grammys) and who recently discovered she has an East Indian heritage, Renee Rosnes has worked with Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson and J.J. Johnson. She served 20 years in saxophonist James Moody’s band, which gives you an idea of her bop bona fides, and she was the founding pianist for the SFJAZZ Collective. Visit Renee Rosness 

Double Portrait, their recording together, displays each of their proclivities, with tunes that include Double Rainbow” by Jobim, “My Man’s Gone” by Gershwin, “Inner Urge” by Joe Henderson, “Chorinho” by Lyle Mays and “Dancing in the Dark” by Deitz & Schwartz. At Healdsburg Bill and Renee definitely will be dancing.

June 5 – Marcus Shelby and the Freedom Jazz Choir

Harriet Tubman: Bound for the Promised Land

2014 HJF Freedom Jazz Choir Poster

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When: Thursday, June 5
Where: Raven Theater, 115 North St., Healdsburg
Time: 7:00 pm
Tickets: $20

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This is the climactic performance of Marcus Shelby‘s 2014 project with Healdsburg Jazz – the final performance of his oratorio Harriet Tubman: Bound for the Promised Land, featuring his 18-piece orchestra and the 100-strong voices of the HJF Freedom Jazz Choir. (See the post on earlier performances.)

The 17-piece jazz orchestra, featuring the dynamic Ms. Faye Carol, will perform the musical suite for big band and choir inspired by the music of the Civil Rights Movement. Joining them for this evening will be Adam Ivey of the Santa Rosa Community Baptist Church, premiering two new compositions.

Shelby, hailed as one of jazz’s “Young Lions” 20 years ago, turned his back on the Big Apple and made the Bay Area his home. He has since created highly-regarded jazz oratorios and suites from a variety of eclectic sources: Shakespeare, John Muir, Duke Ellington, and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as Harriet Tubman, in this suite derived from Kate Clifford Larson’s biography “Bound for the Promised Land.” Visit his website at


When released on disc in 2007, “Harriet Tubman” proved a landmark effort. Combining modern jazz, soul and spirituals, it richly evoked the life of the escaped slave and abolitionist. This is the first performance of Harriet Tubman: Bound for the Promised Land, since its recording in 2007, with Faye Carol in the role of Tubman. The CD of this historic performance is available from Amazon.

Other performances include:

  • May 17 (Saturday), at Sonoma Community Baptist Church, 1620 Sonoma Ave., 7 pm
  • May 24 (Saturday) at Glaser Community Center, Santa Rosa, 7 pm ($20) Ticket link

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marcus shelby and Faye Carol by Curtis Thomson

Marcus Shelby and the Freedom Jazz Choir

Marcus Shelby (r) and Faye Carol by Curtis Thomsonmarcus shelby by george wells


June 4 – Mads Tolling Quartet

Tribute to Jean-Luc Ponty

Mads Tolling QuartetWhen: Wednesday, June 4
Where: Spoonbar, 219 Healdsburg Ave.
Time: 7:30 – 10:30 pm
No Cover: Phone (707) 433-7222

Jazz fusion tends to get a bad rap. But, as Duke Ellington said, there are only two kinds of music: good and bad. So, get ready to meet some good fusion, courtesy of the Mads Tolling Quartet. Born and raised in Denmark, violinist Tolling came to the U.S. at age 20 to attend the Berklee College of Music, where his star rose quickly. While there, he was snapped up by fusion bass legend Stanley Clarke, and he later joined the Bay Area’s magnificent Turtle Island String Quartet, with whom he won two Grammy awards for Classical Crossover albums.

When it comes to combining jazz and classical sensibilities on violin, Tolling’s main model is indubitably the great French artist Jean-Luc Ponty, to whom he paid tribute on his recent album Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty—Live at Yoshi’s. That celebration will continue at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival when Tolling brings his quartet into Spoonbar, where the jazz fans come to rock out. Featuring Dave McNab on guitar, Sam Bevan on bass and Eric Garland on drums, this band likes to plug in, and Spoonbar is the perfect place for it. Not to mention, with the way Tolling swings, Ellington would have hired him in a second. Visit

June 3 – Carlitos Medrano y Sabor de Mi Cuba

Cuban Quartet at Partake by K-J

Carlitos MedranoWhen: Tuesday, June 3
Where: Partake by K-J, 241 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg
Time: 8 – 10:00 pm
Reservations recommended: (707) 433-6000,

At last year’s Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Cuban conga ace Carlitos Medrano and his band Sabor de Mi Cuba worked the crowd into a dance frenzy, so by popular demand they are returning this summer. Since he emigrated from Cuba in 2008, Carlitos has been a mainstay of Afro-Cuban jazz in the Bay Area. Find out why on June 3 when he brings his drums and band back to Partake with Sulkary Valverde, vocals; Antonio Cortada, bass; and Julio Cesar, piano.

Partake by K-J, “A Wine and Food Pairing Experience,” is Kendall-Jackson’s dining and tasting room in the center of Healdsburg. Here you can explore a wide range of wine flights to satisfy your curiosity and thirst. They offer a selection of seasonal bites driven by local gardens and Sonoma County’s culinary artisans.


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