Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden by George Wells

Where: Jackson Theater
4440 Day School Place, Santa Rosa
When: Saturday, June 1
Time: 7:00 pm | Tickets: $75, $55, $45
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Tribute to Charlie Haden: Day 1, 7:00 – 11:00 pm
Set 1 – Geri Allen, solo and duo with Chris Potter    
Set 2 – Lee Konitz Quartet 
Set 3 – Quartet West with guest Ravi Coltrane

Food  available for this event: Lata’s Indian (pdf) and Awful Falafel (pdf)

Click to order ticketsEver since 1959 when he emerged  in the Ornette Coleman Quartet that revolutionized jazz, Charlie Haden has used his acoustic bass to find currents that have come to define schools of jazz musicians who rely more on feeling than stylistic convention. When Haden plays, he quickly gets to the essence, grounding the music powerfully and always emotionally.

Haden, now 75 and coming off a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award and designation as an NEA Jazz Master, brings with him several of those career concentric circles for a two-day celebration of his genius. Thanks in part to an NEA  Arts Works grant, more than 20 musicians – some going back decades with Haden – will perform at the Jackson Theater, south of Healdsburg.  Geri Allen

This summer the Healdsburg Jazz Festival is using its 15th anniversary as an opportunity to pay tribute to the great musician over two days. Saturday, June 1, features beguiling pianist Geri Allen, playing  solo and in duet with the much-celebrated saxophonist Chris Potter

Next up is the 85-year-old alto sax legend Lee Konitz in a quartet with Alan Broadbent on piano, Darek Oles bass and Matt Wilson, drums.

The day’s climax comes courtesy of the band Haden has been most dedicated to next to the Liberation Music Orchestra (Sunday, June 2), Quartet West.

This grouping  is Haden’s love letter to Los Angeles, the city that gave him his start in jazz and that fed his imagination via Hollywood. Lee KonitzThe hard-driving band  consists of Haden, pianist Alan Broadbent, drummer Rodney Green and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane filling the shoes usually worn by Ernie Watts.

The festival wild card is Haden himself, who in recent years has unfortunately been stricken by an ailment tracing all the way back to the polio that attacked him in the ’50s. Called post-polio syndrome, it has weakened him and affected his ability to swallow and speak.

He is still playing the bass, though, and vows to as much as possible during the festival. Should he miss a few moments, the formidable Darek Oles (a.k.a. Oleszkiewicz) will stand in.

Ravi Coltrane by George Wells

That’s appropriate, because when Oles arrived in L.A. in 1988 after achieving jazz stardom in his home country, Poland, he found is way to Haden, who mentored him at Cal Arts.

Darek Oles