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Our Indiegogo Supporters

Fundraising Campaign through November 1, 2013

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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 healdsburgjazzfestival@gmail.com, 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 igg.me/at/healdsburgjazz 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.


June 7 & 8 – Sylvia Cuenca Trio at the Lobby

Sylvia CuencaWhat: Late Night at the Lobby
Who: Sylvia Cuenca Trio with Paul Horvath and Gary Brown
Where: Hotel Healdsburg Lobby, 25 Matheson Street
When: 9 pm  -Midnight | No Cover

Drummers keep time, of course, but a great drummer can stop time. That’s when you’re sitting enveloped in a rhythm blanket so cozy that you can’t imagine doing anything else. Sylvia Cuenca gives you that feeling. A San Jose native long established in New York, Cuenca has several attributes of jazz’s great drummers – the forward motion of Philly Joe Jones, the crispness of Roy Haynes, the funkiness of Jack DeJohnette, the gravity-free swing of Billy Higgins. She has backed many greats, including Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Gary Bartz, Marian McPartland, Etta Jones and dozens more, but it’s obvious that she needs to be a leader. She drives a group, but not in a domineering way. It’s that rhythm blanket thing.

For the Friday and Saturday late-night gigs at the Hotel Healdsburg’s Fireside Lobby, Cuenca has lined up two players who bring extra flair to their jazz. Gary Brown is an ultra-versatile bassist whose keen rhythmic sensibility has got him work in movies and TV as well as straight-ahead and Latin jazz bands. He has worked for years in the bands of Flora Purim and Airto, so you know he’s got the Brazilian thing down. Leaders who have sought him out include Pete and Sheila Escovedo, Steve Winwood, Roy Ayers, Paul McCandless and Lou Rawls.

Cuenca’s pianist Peter Horvath was a star in Hungary at a young age, studying classics at the Bela Bartok Conservatory and at Vienna’s Conservatory. Jazz was his calling, though, and he honed it at the Berklee College of Music, afterward getting calls from Joe Henderson, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Arturo Sandoval, Lalah Hathaway, Melba Moore, among many others. 

In past Healdsburg Jazz Festivals, the hotel gigs have been where surprises happen. Guests often come by to sit in. With Cuenca at the kit, who could resist?

 

 


June 7 – Carlos Henrique Pereira Trio

Carlos PereiraWhat: Sizzling Brazilian Jazz
Where: Partake by K-J Tasting Lounge & Flight Club
241 Healdsburg Avenue
When: 5-7 pm | Reservations suggested

 Bassist Peter Barshay This summer Healdsburg’s new restaurant Partake by K-J joins the Festival as our newest venue, presenting sizzling Brazilian talent Carlos Henrique Pereira in a trio with Harvey Wainapel on saxophone and clarinet, and bassist Peter Barshay.

harvey wainapelPereira is equally skilled on guitar and piano, using both to channel melodies from a deep well of imagination. He brings Brazilian styles like maracatu and frevo to the intricacies of jazz improvisation.  Wainapel and Barshay, jazz aces who have spent years digesting Brazilian music, are sympathetic partners for Pereira.  It will likely be a cross-cultural feast for the diners at Partake. 

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