News from the Healdsburg Jazz Festival:
The 16th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival kicks off with a very special pair of concerts featuring Marc Cary, Solo and Trio.
The pianist, who entranced an audience at Barndiva’s back yard in the 2010 Festival, returns to Healdsburg in tribute to his mentor, the great songwriter and singer Abbey Lincoln.
Cary played with her for 12 years, and few musicians have the insight or the heart to do full justice to Lincoln’s artistry.
With the venue in the beautiful upstairs concert hall at Healdsburg Shed, this has all the makings of a magical night.
Check out this video for Cary’s appreciation of Abbey Lincoln.
Both concerts still have a few seats available, but remember this is a relatively small venue and will sell out the night of the performances.
If you are interested in the pre-concert dinner at Healdsburg Shed, there are a small handful of seats for the 5:30 pre-concert dinner (7 pm show).
Go here for more info on pre-concert dinners at Healdsburg Shed, 25 North St., Healdsburg.
Celebration of the Blues, May 31 & June 1
For its 16th annual event, The Healdsburg Jazz Festival goes straight to the source, honoring blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite in four distinct sets in two evenings at the Jackson Theater that display the multiple facets of Musselwhite.
Saturday May 31 kicks off with “Blues on the Porch,” showcasing Charlie’s rural-blues roots in solo, duo and trio configurations with guitar hero Elvin Bishop and country blues crooner Guy Davis.
That’s followed by a Cuban-flavored set with John Santos y Sus Soneros, evoking the magic of Continental Drifter.
The next night, Sunday June 1, blues meets jazz as the Joshua Redman Quartet takes the stage at the Jackson Theater, exploring West Coast jazz as they know it – then inviting Musselwhite up for some blues-jazz fusion.
The second set features the Charlie Musselwhite Blues Band stretching it out Juke Joint Chapel style, then making room for Redman to add a sax attack. Don’t miss this killer concert!
Dixieland at the Bakery, Monday June 2
Trad-jazz lovers can still score tickets to Dixieland at the Bakery, 7:00 pm at Costeaux French Bakery. Tap your toes and shimmy like your sister Kate with the Mission Gold Jazz Band and the ever-popular New Horizon Stompers, for only $30 – plus you get a free cookie from the bakery!
Also on Monday, the Jazz & Wine Dinner at DCK is an opportunity to hear high-caliber jazz guitar from Healdsburg native Kai Devitt-Lee matched by fine dining from Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen.
There are still a few tables available for the later seatings, from 8:15 – 9:30; please make your reservations at 707-432-0330 to be guaranteed a place. (Note: A handful of seats at the bar will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.)
New This Year: Reserved Seating at Jackson and Raven Theaters
By popular demand, we’re implementing reserved seating for all ticketed concerts at the Jackson Theater and the Raven – at no extra charge. You will be able to select your preferred seats in every price bracket when you purchase your tickets at Brown Paper Tickets, so you can plan in advance how best to enjoy the show. Get your tickets now!
Call toll-free 800-838-3006 anytime, or go to our page on their site and select the event (or events) you want to attend from the list of 10 ticketed concerts.
As well as information on each show, you’ll find seating charts so you can chose the theater location you prefer. But don’t wait – the best seats will sell out fast!
Walk-In Tickets Also Available
Again this year Levin & Co. in Healdsburg will be selling tickets by cash or check to all Healdsburg Jazz Festival events. Just visit this independently owned bookstore at 306 Center St, next to the Downtown Bakery.
Jazz fans will be able to view seating charts and choose reserved tickets for any event, and make your purchase on-the-spot.There will be no service charge for purchases by cash or check.
“I think the bassist is the quarterback in any group,” says Ron Carter, and if so then he is a Super Bowl musician as well as a Downbeat Hall of Famer, a double-Grammy winner, an NEA Jazz Master and the most recorded jazz bassist in history.
He comes to the Raven Theater on Saturday, June 7, fronting his classic Ron Carter Quartet,featuring drummer Payton Crossley, percussionist Rolando Morales-Mattos, and pianist Renee Rosnes.
Opening the show will be the hottest local septet in show business, the Healdsburg High School Jazz Band! Reserved seating is still available for this special performance, go here for tickets.
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Now in its sixteenth year, the HJF enjoys a national reputation for artistic excellence earned by hosting internationally acclaimed jazz musicians, showcasing some of California’s foremost jazz performers and nurturing new talent.
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