Sunday of Inspiration

Our Countdown Concludes with Sunday, June 12

Everyone needs a time of reflection, whether a pilgrimage to a peaceful place or a respite from the highs of the night before. Join us for Sunday Morning Spirituals, with vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd, sax player Bennie Maupin, and conductor James Newton in a program of praise and glory, no matter what your faith. Then sit down for an Intimate Evening with Charlie Haden, where we take our shoes off and watch a movie with the Ramblin’ Boy himself.

Rurth Naomi FloydJune 12 – 11:00 am
“Sunday Morning Spirituals
Raven Theater

Ruth Naomi Floyd can make a believer out of you. She brings her lush mezzo-soprano to sacred music that has sustained African-American communities through the hardest of times. Her CDs such as “Root to the Fruit” (2006) are filled with praise and glory, demonstrating the connection between the origin of African American faith and jazz.

Her voice is supported by a soulful and spiritual band, many of them seen on other stages during this 10-day festival, and featuring reeds legend Bennie Maupin. This is a guy who’s played bass clarinet with Miles Davis on “Bitches Brew” and hunted heads with Herbie Hancock, so you know we can learn a thing or two from him. James Newton is on hand to lend his experience and wisdom to the project, conducting us on a soulful journey.

Past Sunday Morning Spirituals concerts have proven a revelation and an inspiration to our audiences, no matter their faith. You may see many memorable concerts this week at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, but this is one you won’t forget. Tickets available here.

June 12 – 7:30 pm
“An Intimate Evening with Charlie Haden
Raven Theater

CharlieHaden by Steven PerillouxWhat needs to be said about Charlie Haden? That he’s one of the premiere jazz bassists, and has been since his days with Ornette Coleman? Keith Jarrett? The Liberation Music Orchestra? Or that his roots as Iowa family country musician set him apart from the norm?

Either way, we’ll get to hear what the man himself says in this informal evening — part film screening (Reto Cadiff’s documentary “Ramblin’ Boy”), part conversational inquiry, part musical improvisation with pianist Alan Broadbent. It’s sure to be a unique way to end the Healdsburg Jazz Festival for this year. Tickets available here.

Tickets are on sale for all Festival events by walk-up or online, or just go to the 2011 Festival Schedule page to find links to each concert with tickets. (Some events are free.)

REMEMBER: Many if not most of the artists appearing at the 13th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival are donating their time and performances to help the Festival stay healthy for the coming years. We extend them our deepest gratitude, and hope you support their generoisty with your attendance.

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