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“A Seat at the Table” – Benefit Dinners

Introducing a very special dinner series to benefit Healdsburg Jazz.  Each is a feast of fine foods in very exclusive settings, in our special A Seat at the Table dining series.

seat at the table Choose from Italian or Persian, Spanish or French, even Sonoma-influenced cuisine at private dinners in Healdsburg. There are scenic gardens, celebrated architectures, music and varied menus – even a chandelier or two! There is limited seating at each of these dinners, as they are all in private homes for these fabulous dining events.

Seats are $150 each 

These exceptional dinners are tax-deductible to benefit Healdsburg Jazz with the combination of good taste and diverse influences that Healdsburg celebrates!

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“L’inverno in Sicilia – A Feast of Sicily in Winter”

Hosts: Pat and Frank Carrubba
Chef: Frank Carrubba
Location: Italian Style Villa in Healdsburg
February 2014

Table limited to 10 guests

Frank Carrubba’s Italian heritage shines through in his love of wine, his hospitality, and especially his cooking. With his wife Pat they carry on the family traditions, and the casual elegance of their Healdsburg home makes for the perfect setting for this Table for Ten beneath their antique Venetian chandelier.

It will be a meal of all things Sicilian – hand-crafted pasta, imported wines, even mandolin music and most of all the healthful balance of the Mediterranean diet. You won’t soon forget this culinary return to the Old Country. 

Buon appetito!

HJFdinners-sicily PDF 

“A Sumptuous and Savory Sonoma Supper”

Hosts: Mary Ann Bridenbaugh and Ken Odell
Chef: Mary Ann Bridenbaugh
Location: Alexander Valley
When: Spring, 2014

Table limited to 10 guests

 “My ideal spot is where rosemary can grow year round,” says Mary Ann Bridenbaugh. She found that spot in Healdsburg, along with a wealth of local food and wine – and a like-minded community.

Enjoy Mary Ann’s dream location in the Alexander Valley, with its 360° view of vineyards and hillsides.  Her home and garden are personally landscaped reflecting her character as a Renaissance Woman – hiker and cook, mushroom hunter and wine collector, and frequent entertainer for friends. Many jazz musicians have enjoyed her hospitality when they have come for the Festival.

Eat hearty!

HJFdinners-sonoma PDF 

“Local Favors with a French Flair”

Host Brian and Bieke Burwell
Chef: Bieke Burwell
Location: Hills of Dry Creek Valley
Summer 2014

Table limited to 10 guests

The Burwell’s are part of the fabric of the Healdsburg Jazz Community including hosting festival musicians.  Their 30-acre estate on the western side of Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley boasts vistas in virtually every direction, with landscaped paths and a series of terraces affording views of intimate garden courts distant vistas, cultivated fields and vineyards.

Bieke earned a degree from the Cordon Bleu London, so it’s with some authority she blends local, seasonal fare with a French chef’s expertise. While the dinner simmers they’ll host you for drinks and a garden tour – including its Labyrinth – over landscaped paths and terrace views up a pristine Dry Creek side valley. After dinner, Brian will host a pool tournament, and the socialization really gets started!

Bon appetite!

HJFdinners-french PDF

“Cuisine of España on a Dry Creek Estate”

Hosts: Judy Voigt
Chef: Ursula Thurow
Location:  Dry Creek Valley Home with Sculpture-Filled Gardens
Summer TBA

Table limited to 10 guests 

Starting with appetizers in the wine cave and a tour of the celebrated sculpture-filled gardens on the Voigt estate, this summertime Table for Ten will be an aesthetic experience, enriching the all the senses with a tasteful creativity.

It all comes together in the food, in the Spanish flavors that Ursula Thruow creates. “After much world travel, I have found nothing more wonderful than the flavor, spice and creativity that Spanish food offers,” she says. That surely means tapas, and of course a big platter of paella, plus seasonal surprises.

Buen provecho!

HJFdinners-espana PDF

“A Persian Feast in a Wine Country Loft”

Host: Alain-Martin Pierret
Chef: Shari Sarabi, Executive chef of Baci Restaurant
Location: Loft of Alain-Martin Pierret in Healdsburg

Spring weekday, 2014

Table for up to 20 

Just as Healdsburg is the convergence of three premier wine-growing appellations, Baci is a synergy of influences – Persian-born chef Shari Sarabi and his Nordic wife Lisbeth (who met in Hawaii) run one of Healdsburg’s favorite Italian restaurants. 

The reason for their success is found in their love – baci means kiss, after all – and in their commitment to quality. A loyal community of diners keep returning to the restaurant for the personal attention and infectious flavors of Chef Shari’s cuisine. In this Table for Twenty, he makes a rare public showing of his homeland’s kitchen traditions, including humus, kabobs and polow. The venue is the downtown loft of realtor Alain-Martin Pierret.

Nooshe jan!

HJFdinners-persia PDF

Nov. 20 – Tribute to Frank Sinatra

Come-Fly-With-Us“Come Fly With Us!”

What: Haute Cuisine and High Fidelity
When: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Where: Madrona Manor, 1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg
Featuring: Fine Dining and Sinatra Tribute artist John DeMers

Healdsburg Jazz is partnering with the acclaimed wine country inn Madrona Manor and their Michelin-starred chef, Jesse Mallgren, to celebrate the life and music of The Chairman of the Board, The Voice, Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Francis Albert Sinatra.

Purchase tickets now

Start your holiday weekend off with a memorable cocktail party, special dinner and dancing to the classic sounds of Frank Sinatra, from “Come Fly with Me” to “The Best Is Yet To Come.”  Tribute artist John DeMers brings his amazingly evocative voice to Healdsburg for this special fund-raising event for Healdsburg Jazz.

“John DeMers’ impersonation of Frank Sinatra is nothing short of superb! His tone, timing and stage presence were so like Frank that, at times, we all transported back in time.”  – Customer testimonial

Cocktail attire is requested. This memorable evening celebrating the times and tunes of Ol’ Blue Eyes will sell out fast – be sure to buy your tickets now! 

haute-cuisineGather at 5:30 on the Madrona Manor garden terrace for wine, hors d’oeuvres and music, then move into the Manor’s elegant restaurant for a scrumptious supper prepared by celebrity chef Jesse Mullgren. After dinner, return to the terrace for dessert and dancing, and relive the sounds of Sinatra with Bay Area entertainer John DeMers.

Tickets to this special event are $150 per person. Table reservations are available for groups of six, eight or ten. Go here to purchase individual or group tickets.



Nov. 10 – Members Only Party

By invitation only…
Invitation to HJF member party Join the Party!

  • Sunday, November 10, 2013 • 3 to 6 pm
  • Cost: FREE to members
  • Hosted by Healdsburg Jazz Festival
  • Atrium of E & M Electric, 126 Mill Street
  • Healdsburg, Calif.

Every year Healdsburg Jazz shows its appreciation for our members with a special party - for members only! – held at a unique location rarely open to the public. Our sponsors, donors, volunteers  and members provide free music, free food, free beverages, and a welcome chance to rub shoulders with other members in a private party atmosphere.

Ken CookThis year the party will be held on Sunday, Nov. 10 in the roomy Atrium at E&M Electric, the vine-covered building at the corner of Mill St. and East. The entertainment will be provided by the Ken Cook Quartet, headed by pianist Ken Cook, a graduate of the Jazz Studies program at the New England Conservatory and with studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. 

Other members of the Quartet include Doug Miller on bass and Alex Aspinall on drums, both of whom regularly play with Cook in his trio. Joining them will be Jason Gillenwater on reeds – saxophone and clarinet – to add another voice to the Latin-accented improvisations. Together they are sure to provide lively, smart jazz in several sets for the music-loving members of Healdsburg Jazz.

As in past years, this is open only to members of Healdsburg Jazz, a non-profit education organization devoted to promoting awareness and appreciation of jazz through performances education programs and our annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival. To join now, please follow this link.

» How can I go? If you’re a Member, you’ve already received your invitation by e-mail. To show our appreciation for your support, you and a guest are invited to the party! If you are a member and you have not received an invite there a few things you can do. First check your junk mail folder – it was sent from our Evite account and could land in “spam.” Or contact our office at, or by phone ( 707) 433-4633.

» Can I bring a friend? Yes, you can bring someone along with you. The invitation is good for you and a friend, but neither of you will get in the door without at least one of you being a member! Memberships start at only $35 – and there are always other member benefits.

» Can I join at the door? Yes, if you show up with your checkbook or credit card, you can sign up at the door. But you’ll miss the cool interactive invitation that members are getting in their email right now! All membership levels aid in supporting the Healdsburg Jazz Festival’s mission to “promote awareness and appreciation of jazz by facilitating cross-cultural interaction” though performance and education. So what are you waiting for?

membership-benefits» What is a Membership? Basic Membership is only $35, which gets both you and a friend in to the Members Appreciation Party. Other Membership Levels include $50, which includes a free jazz CD from Motema; $100 gets you early admission to HJF events,and on up: there are increased levels and benefits from $250 to $500 to $1000 a year. See this page for Membership information, or join here.

» Not a member? It’s not too late –  join anytime here on our website, or even sign up at the event on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 28. That’s right! Make your commitment to jazz on the spot and be instantly rewarded with a free party! Memberships start at only $35/ year - join now!


March 16 – Nicolas Bearde in HCA Benefit

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A benefit concert for the Healdsburg Center for the Arts

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Time:  7:30  p.m.
Location: Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg

Tickets: Cost $25 on this page or at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts during business hours (daily 11am – 5pm). Advance purchase recommended due to limited seating.

Saturday March 16, Healdsburg Jazz and Healdsburg Center for the Arts present the Nicolas Bearde Jazz Experience in a concert to benefit the many community arts programs and classes provided by the Art Center.

One of today’s premier male jazz vocalists, Nicolas Bearde blends genres of jazz, soul and blues as he takes you on a musical journey. With classic styling’s and cool interpretations of jazz standards and blues – a sound that one reviewer described as “smooth and buttery,” Nicolas is the definitive jazz romantic. His latest release, “Visions” is a vibrant, soulfully driven collection of originals and jazz standards that covers a wide range of material and speaks volumes about Bearde’s diverse musical influences.Check out the great informal performance of the bossa nova classic, “The Girl From Ipanema.”

Remember? Nicolas Bearde was a performer in the 2011 Healdsburg Jazz Festival’s “One Voice” concert at the Jackson Family Theater.

Band members for this concert include Glen Pearson on piano and Aaron Germain on bass.

Bearde-Promo2There will be one show with two sets starting at 7:30. Wine and desserts will be available for purchase before the performance and during the break.

The Healdsburg Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating, inspiring, and promoting the arts through community education programs, events, and exhibitions. It is located half block east of the Healdsburg Plaza.

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival, celebrating its 15th Anniversary, is an arts and education non-profit dedicated to preserving jazz through education and performance.  

For more information call the Healdsburg Jazz Festival at (707) 433-4633.

Join the Freedom Jazz Choir

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FJC-callJoin Us in Song

Do you like to sing? Do you like history? Do you like swing, blues, gospel music, improvisation, hand clapping, foot stomping, freedom songs, and the opportunity to perform at this year’s Healdsburg Jazz Festival? Then the Healdsburg Jazz Freedom Jazz Choir is for you!

NOTE: This page reflects the 2013 Freedom Jazz Choir. If you want to register for the 2014 Choir, please go to this sign-up page. Thank you.

The choir is a free-of-charge community ensemble. Participation will be open to all regardless of age, background or musical ability, and will bring diverse communities together for a rich musical experience.

Choir members must commit to
4 rehearsals and 3 performances.

Rehearsals are: Saturdays on below dates, from 2 pm to 5pm at the Community Baptist Church, 1620 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa, 95405 (see map).

  • February 23
  • March 30
  • April 20
  • April 27

Performances Listed Here

Please plan on being available from  5:30 to 10 p.m. these evenings:

  • Saturday, May 11 (Santa Rosa)
  • Saturday, May 18 (Santa Rosa)
  • Thursday, June 6 (Healdsburg)

Led by composer, bassist, educator and activist Marcus Shelby, the goal of the choir is to create a group, building on the diverse demographics of Sonoma County, to come together in song, using music as a unifying force.  The Freedom Jazz Choir will offer performance opportunities for participants to work alongside professional musicians, creating a profound cultural experience fostering cooperation and understanding while expanding awareness of and access to jazz and American culture.

Santa Rosa’s Adam Ivey and the Joyous Noise Ensemble will also participate and contribute music from its gospel repertoire.

In 2013, this project will showcase the music from “Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”, a musical suite for big band and choir inspired by the music in the Civil Rights Movement. The music and lyrics will include Shelby’s arrangements and orchestrations of spirituals and freedom songs associated with Martin Luther King, music from the Joyous Noise Community Baptist Church Ensemble, as well as material composed during the Civil Rights era by notable composers such as Charles Mingus, Nina Simone and others.

Choir members will have the opportunity to discuss freedom songs from their own background and suggest specific compositions to be included in the choir’s public performances.

lo_h_bw_300dpi_cmyk_aaMore information about this James Irvine Foundation-supported program can be found in this press release.


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

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