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Dec. 8 – Jazz & Wine Club Party

Join Us at the First Jazz & Wine Club Party

When: Sunday, December 8
Where: Stark Wine Company, 439 Healdsburg Ave.
Time: 4:00 pm – 7 pm
Tickets: $25 (free to J&W Club members)

Members of our new Healdsburg Jazz & Wine Club have been promised a party, and here it is – Sunday, December 8. But it’s not just for J&WC members, it’s for everyone!

Come join us for our inaugural Jazz & Wine Club Party celebrating our first Club Sampler release. Our partner winery, Stark Wine Company, will host the festivities at their Healdsburg Tasting Room and serve their wonderful wines to accompany food from Bravas Tapas and live music.

Buy tickets to this event.

Mark Levine, Piano. Photo by Hali McGrath.Featuring the Mark Levine Quartet

Well-known Bay Area pianist and educator Mark Levine brings it to Healdsburg to help launch the new Healdsburg Jazz & Wine Club. Equally versed in bebop and Latin jazz, he’s put together an exciting quartet also featuring Kristen Strom (saxophone), Doug Miller (bass) and Ron Marabuto (drums).

We’re sure you’ll have a great time at this party, and you will have a chance to check out our Inaugural Wine Sampler including:

Marc Cary's In addition to four wines three times a year – and a party – J&W Club members also receive a free jazz CD with each shipment.  This first CD is Marc Cary’s For the Love of Abbey, a tribute to his years as jazz singer Abbey Lincoln’s pianist. 

Members of the Healdsburg Jazz & Wine Club get one free ticket to this Wine Club Party, Dec. 8. Non-members and additional tickets are $25 each. We encourage you to sign up for the Wine Club now, and take advantage of your free ticket – and a year’s worth of great wine and jazz! 

“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!

Download the complete PDF 

“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

Our Indiegogo Supporters

Fundraising Campaign through November 1, 2013

Is your name on this list?

inidegogoOur Indiegogo campaign Celebrating the Blues – Healdsburg Jazz Fall Fundraiser  lasted for 45 days, and everyone who donated is given recognition by name on our web site, for a basic donation of $10 and up. Additional levels can expect recognition in our printed catalog for the 2014 Healdsburg Jazz Festival, as well as a number of “perks” as incentives for donations.

Please see the full list of perks and benefits — including reserve seating at the Charlie Musselwhite blues-jazz concerts at next year’s festival — at Indiegogo. 

Our Indiegogo Supporters

  • Francis Abercrombie
  • Sean G. Ahern
  • Joan Ambrosini
  • Steven J. Axelrod
  • Leah Bluestone
  • Ed and Claire Burdett
  • Mary Ann Cammarota  
  • Elizabeth Candelario
  • Andrea Canter
  • Shirley A Cantua
  • Avery & Jane Chope
  • John Chute
  • Randall Coleman
  • Kelly Eberling
  • Glenn Grigg
  • David Howard
  • Paul Hughes
  • Christian Kallen
  • Bruce Kassel
  • Katina Knapp
  • Elizabeth Loebel
  • Karen L. Maatta
  • Brian McCoy
  • Dee McGuffey
  • Ed Micheli
  • John Mihalik
  • Laura Moore
  • Marian Murphy
  • Violet Nelson
  • Roger & Judi Patterson
  • Carolin Rechberg
  • Susan Sachs
  • G.D. Sanders
  • Julia & Bob Santos
  • Jacqueline Scott
  • William Smith
  • Gerald Stone
  • Pete Strebel
  • Curtis Thomson
  • Laura Tietz
  • Eugene Valla
  • Mary Villemaire
  • Judith Voight
  • Carolyn Wright
  • Marla Young
  • and several anonymous donors

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!


Crowdfunding the Festival

Healdsburg Jazz Announces Online Fundraising Campaign

“Celebrating the Blues” theme of two-day festival event featured on Indiegogo

Starting today, Healdsburg Jazz is turning to the Internet for income though the popular “crowdfunding” site Indiegogo, and plans to raise $20,000 in the experiment. A project called Celebrating the Blues – Healdsburg Jazz Fall Fundrasier launches this week, with “perks” or incentives for donating at various levels from $10 to $2500 . 

The blues part of the project is a two-day program of blues and related music, featuring  local resident and blues legend Charlie Musselwhite. It will mark the first time that blues – seen by many as an early relative if not parent of jazz – has had an overt role in the annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival.

“We need to continue raising money year-round to keep our organization healthy,” says artistic director Jessica Felix on the Indiegogo project page.  “That’s why we need to reach out now through Indiegogo for funding to make sure we can continue to build towards next year’s Festival.”

The project page includes a video pitch from Felix, founder and artistic director of Healdsburg Jazz, outlining the reasons for and benefits of the donation campaign. Musselwhite himself appears in a second video on Indiegogo, playing a few bars on his harp and encouraging donations. 

“You might know that jazz evolved from blues,” says Musselwhite in the video. “So it’s only fitting to have blues at the jazz festival.” 

20130911112745-musselwhite-redmanIndiegogo fundraising campaigns usually offer “perks” for donations, ranging from website or program recognition of supporters to autographed CDs from participating artists. That’s true of the Healdsburg Jazz campaign as well — in this case the CDs are from Musselwhite and Joshua Redman, the contemporary jazz artist scheduled to play in the blues celebration in this case.  

Advance purchase of tickets for the May 2014 blues-jazz event are also offered through the campaign. Tickets usually go on sale in March or April before the festival.

Perks for contributors accrue with increased donations, in customary Indiegogo fashion. These include an archival quality poster designed and signed by Healdsburg artist Chris Blum, promoting a mid-1990s blues concert at the Raven Theater, with Musselwhite and Albert ” The Iceman” Collins.

There’s also a level that includes a blues harmonica, certified by Musselwhite as having been played in concert.

There’s even an intimate dinner with Charlie and his wife Henrietta at the celebrated Healdsburg restaurant, Chalkboard, for a true fan who has $1500 to pony up in support of the fundraising effort. 

As well as the above perks, the campaign is offering advance purchase of “Gold Circle” ticket seating at one or both nights of the planned two-day “Celebration of the Blues” to be held May 30 and 31, at the outset of the 16th annual Festival. On both nights, Musselwhite will be featured in solo and small group formats, as well as play with special musical guests that reflect the blues roots of jazz.

The first night, Musselwhite will re-create with Bay Area Latin jazz maestro John Santos some of the legendary music he made with Eliades Ochoa (of Buena Vista Social Club fame) on the 1999 album Continental Drifter.

The second night of the event will feature Bay Area jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman. Again, Musselwhite will play with the guest artist  in Redman’s jazz quartet format. 

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival has been held every year since 1999 in the popular wine country destination of Healdsburg in Sonoma County. The Celebration of the Blues concerts will be at the Jackson Theater, located at the Sonoma Country Day School mid-way between Healdsburg and Santa Rosa. 

Blues great Charlie Musselwhite – recently named Most Outstanding Musician (harmonica) by Living Blues Magazine, whose show-stopping performance with Ben Harper was the highlight of the White House Tribute to Memphis Soul earlier this year – will be the musical director for the special mini-festival within the 16th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival.

The Indiegogo campaign will attempt to raise $20,000 in donations between now and the end of October, a 45-day period. Donations will be probably accepted past that time, said Felix, though all of the promised perks may no longer be available. 

Interested parties are encouraged to visit the Indiegogo project page at to contribute or find out more.

Sept. 1 – Jazz Bliss Brazil at HCA

An Evening of Brazilian Music with Jazz Bliss Brazil
featuring special guests Chico Pinheiro and Mauricio Zottarelli

HJF13poster_concert_web3Where: Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St.
When: Sunday, September 1
Time: Two shows, 7 pm and 9 pm
Tickets: $25.00 now on sale

“Jazz Bliss Brazil – An intoxicating blend of Brazilian music and classic American jazz 

Carol Bach-y-Rita –  Vocals and percussion
Robert Kyle – Saxophone and flute
Larry Steen – Bass
Plus Special Guests :
Chico Pinheiro on guitar, Mauricio Zottarelli on drums  

Buy tickets online here

Jazz Bliss Brazil is an exciting eclectic ensemble pulsating with the vibrancy of classic American Jazz and the music of the Americas, chiefly Brazil. The quintet features the warm and engaging Carol Bach-y-Rita, singing in both Portuguese and English, and the lyrical saxophone & flute of Robert Kyle, with Larry Steen on bass.

Carol Bach-y-Rita is fluent in 5 languages, singing mainly in English, Spanish and Portuguese. She has lived in a multitude of countries, and spent many years touring Europe and the US singing Jazz and Bossa Nova, and teaching Brazilian Samba dance.

Robert Kyle has toured the world many times over as musical director/arranger/composer and lead player for a multitude of stars as well as in his own right. Moving brilliantly between jazz, blues, salsa and Brazilian genres, Robert is the main arranger for Jazz Bliss Brazil. Larry Steen, who shares the bass duties with the LA-based Latin Jazz band, has been a collaborator in studio and live performance with masters such as Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme, plus Ernie Watts, Robben Ford and even Jimmy Buffet. 

Check out this video medley of Jazz Bliss Brazil in action …

Joining them for this special fund-raising concert at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts will be guitarist Chico Pinheiro, one of the leading figures in the modern Brazilian jazz scene. Chico is a remarkable presence in and outside the Brazilian music scene. In 2010 he won “Best Latin Jazz guitarist of the Year”, “Best Brazilian Jazz Album of the Year”, and “Best Latin Jazz Composition of the Year”, at ‘The Latin Jazz Corner – USA’s Poll. 

bioAlso on the HCA gallery stage will be Brazilian-born, New York City-based drummer Mauricio Zottarelli, who has been on the forefront of the Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music scenes for years. Mauricio is a critically acclaimed and award-winning drummer and artist. He is credited in more than 70 albums so far in his career, and has worked with dozens of important and notable artists.

These “Jazz at the Gallery” concerts help raise  funds for the Festival including its education programs. Tickets will be available on this site or at the HCA  during gallery hours,  11 am to 5 pm, (707) 431-1970

June 29 – Oliver Lake: Music, Poetry, Visual Art

What: Post-Festival Concert with Oliver Lake
When: Saturday, June 29
Where: Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St.
Time: 7 & 9 pm (two shows) | Tickets: $20

Oliver LakeMusic can be difficult to write about because it can’t be translated. You can compare it to things seen and felt, like rivers, engines, storms and even animals, but you cannot literally put in into words. If you are a visual artist you could try drawing a picture of music, but that would also be highly imprecise. However, if you make music and pictures, well, then you might be onto something.

Enter Oliver Lake. The 70-year-old alto sax master star ted in the 60s by taking what Eric Dolphy had done and stretching it further. Lake is now both painting and making collages of colorful abstract forms onto which he places skewed but recognizable objects like pieces of fabric, metal or drawings of human faces. Sometimes he places abstracts atop abstracts. OK. So, substitute “melodies” for “recognizable objects” and you have Lake’s approach to music in a nutshell. 

Oliver Lake - Flying HomeOf course, on the saxophone he’s a genius, whereas his paintings have yet to find a critical consensus. Regardless, you can see and hear for yourself when Lake performs a solo concert of saxophone, flute and poetry, surrounded by a gallery of his paintings, plus pieces by others contributing visual statements about jazz music.

The performance takes place at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts on June 29—after the jazz festival—but the visual art will be on display from June 3-30. The art show is called Flying Home: Inspired by Jazz. It’s a great opportunity during the festival to investigate what art has to say about jazz. Then you can return on the 29th to see Lake deliver the full picture.


June 8 – Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran at the Raven

Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran (Dorthoy Darr)What: Charles Lloyd – Jason Moran Duo
Where: Raven Performing Arts Theater, 115 North Street
Time: 7:30 pm | Tickets: $75, $55

Click to order ticketsIconic saxophonist/flautist Charles Lloyd and pianist Jason Moran have teamed up for a magnificent duet album called Hagar’s Song, and the Healdsburg Jazz Festival will be the site of their exclusive U.S. performance in 2013. 

At 75, Lloyd has reached a new creative peak, and there’s no question that Moran is a huge part of it. Hagar’s Song is centered on Lloyd’s five-part evocation of his great, great grandmother, Hagar, born into slavery and sold away from her parents at ten years of age.

charles lloyd and jason moran by dorthoy darr

On the CD Lloyd also situates himself and Moran in the  family of American musicians Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn,  George Gershwin, Earl Hines, Bob Dylan and Brian Wilson. The playing is so deeply felt on “Mood Indigo,” “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” “I Shall Be Released,” “God Only Knows” and others that the connection becomes tangible, sealed by the empathy Lloyd and Moran have for each other after now playing together for six years.

June 8 – Mad & Eddie Duran at Seasons

Mad and Eddie DuranWhat: Mad & Eddie Duran Quartet
Where: Seasons of the Vineyard, 113 Plaza St.
Time: 4 – 6 pm | No cover

Eddie Duran has played guitar for Benny Goodman, Earl Hines, George Shearing, Pearl Bailey, Vince Guaraldi and Charlie Parker.  At 88 he’s achieved living-legend status in San Francisco,  which usually means retirement. But Duran still has things to show the world when it comes to bebop guitar playing.  It helps to have a musically talented younger spouse, too.

Madeleine “Mad” Duran,  a classically trained saxophonist and flautist, bumped into Eddie in 1984 while he was performing at the Cotati Jazz Festival. She wondered if she could play jazz, and he said, sure, if she worked hard enough.  It wasn’t too long before she started to swing, and Mad and Eddie got hitched.

CDs followed, including three tributes to Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, Brazilian Passion, Samba Cocktail and That Bossa Nova Thing. Flying on these without a rhythm section,  Eddie creates one by himself via  effortless comping and a beautiful sense of harmony, and Mad throws in just enough tartness.

Their ticket is to always keep it fun. So while the music they play at Ferrari-Carano’s Seasons of the Vineyard may be vintage, it is sure to sound totally fresh.

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