Festival ‘New Orleans’ Finale – June 10

Dr. Michael White’s Original Liberty Jazz Band Seven-piece group direct from New Orleans, plus the Russian River Ramblers Sunday, June 10 7 p.m. (doors open 6) Raven Performing Arts Theater 115 North Street, Healdsburg Reserved Seating: $45 Gold Circle, $30 General Event Patrons Lee and Dave Stare New Orleans clarinetist Dr. Michael White frequently states that his mission is to preserve the traditional music of his home city, which is

Marcus Shelby and the Freedom Jazz Choir – June 10

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” Marcus Shelby Big Band with Tiffany Austin and the Freedom Jazz Choir, plus special guests James Newton and Ruth Naomi Floyd Sunday, June 10, Noon Raven Performing Arts Center 115 North Street Reserved Seating: $45 Gold Circle, $30 General Event patron – Beth Berkson and Rob Das In the early 2000s, Marcus Shelby, already an esteemed bassist and bandleader in San Francisco, got a notion

Festival All-Stars – June 9

The Festival All-Stars Bobby Watson, Azar Lawrence, David Weiss, Billy Hart, Babatunde Lea and guest Chico Freeman With the George Cables Trio (first set) Saturday, June 9 7 p.m (doors open at 6) Raven Performing Arts Theater 115 North Street Reserved Seating: $75 Gold Circle, $45 General Event Patron Judy Voigt The band closing out the final Saturday of the 20th anniversary Healdsburg Jazz Festival could have been called Billy

George Cables Trio – June 9

George Cables Trio with Essiet Essiet and Victor Lewis and the Festival All-Stars (second set) Saturday, June 9 7 p.m. (doors open at 6) Raven Performing Arts Theater 115 North Street Reserved Seating: $75 Gold Circle, $45 General Event Patron Judy Voigt Just weeks before the start of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival we couldn’t be happier to announce that George Cables will be with us for the 20th! The great

Myron Cohen Quartet – June 9

Jazz in the Afternoon Myron Cohen Quartet Saturday, June 9, 1 – 3 p.m. Breathless Wines 499 Moore Lane Drummer Myron Cohen and violinist-singer Sandi Poindexter bring a wealth of experience with them to the bandstand. But more importantly, they reach for the stars. This is no doubt in part to lessons they learned from playing with jazz heroes like Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Wayne Shorter, as Myron did, and

Lorca Hart Trio – June 8 & 9

Lorca Hart Trio with Josh Nelson and Edwin Livingston Friday, June 8, 9 – midnight Paul Mahder Gallery 222 Healdsburg Ave. Saturday, June 9, 9 – midnight Hotel Healdsburg Lobby 25 Matheson St. It is a blessing and a curse to be following in the footsteps of a legendary parent, but Lorca Hart handles the challenge with aplomb. He decided to become a drummer, like his dad, Billy Hart –

Celebrating Geri Allen – June 8

“Celebrating Geri Allen” with Ravi Coltrane, Dave Holland and Terri Lyne Carrington Friday, June 8 7 p.m. (doors open at 6) Raven Performing Arts Theater 115 North Street Reserved Seating: $75 gold circle, $45 general Event Patron – Pat and Frank Carrubba The mutual loyalty between the Healdsburg Jazz organization and certain musicians who perform here repeatedly is one of the features that makes the festival so special. It’s in

Marc Cary Trio – June 7

Marc Cary Trio Thursday, June 7 7 and 9 p.m. Paul Mahder Gallery 222 Healdsburg Ave. $35 (two shows) Event Sponsors – Sotheby’s Event Patron – Kathleen and Dennis Abbe Every successful organization needs a secret weapon, and that includes jazz festivals. At Healdsburg who would this be? Looking at the 20-year roster of performers, an obvious pick would the pianist Marc Cary. Why secret? Well, Marc’s not a flashy

Adam Theis w/ Cosa Nostra Strings – June 6

Adam Theis with Cosa Nostra Strings Plus guest vocalist and spoken-word artist Emcee Infinite Wednesday, June 6 6 and 8 p.m. Spoonbar at H2H 219 Healdsburg Ave. $65 includes dinner and concert (two seatings) Event sponsor – Rodney Strong Vineyards What do you get when you throw together classical string players, a vocalist/spoken word/human beat box artist, a jazz trombonist, and hip sensibility? Well, the obvious answer is you get

John Santos Sextet – June 5

John Santos Sextet “A Puerto Rico Mi Amor” Tuesday, June 5 6 – 8 p.m., free Healdsburg Plaza A million years ago in Africa, some human or proto-human started banging on an object in a repeating pattern – a rhythm – and from that sprang all the world’s music. In the modern world, going back at least a couple of centuries, Africa remains known as the source of hundreds of

Chris Amberger Trio – June 4

Jazz & Wine Dinner Chris Amberger Trio with Randy Vincent and Frances Vanek Monday, June 4, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Dry Creek Kitchen 317 Healdsburg Ave. The Headsburg Jazz Festival brings jazz stars from around the country and sometimes the world, but it doesn’t neglect local talent. Many don’t realize it but the North Coast is crawling with expert jazz practitioners playing in local clubs and restaurants, some of them

Charles Lloyd and Friends – June 3

Charles Lloyd and Friends 80th Year Celebration with Zakir Hussain, Eric Harland, Gerald Clayton, Harish Raghavan plus special guest Bill Frisell Sunday, June 3, 7 p.m. (doors open at 5:30) Jackson Theater 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa Reserved Seating $75, $55 and $45 Winery Sponsor – Arbor Bench Vineyards Event Patron – Nion McEvoy All jazz fans have their origin story, where they explain how they got into this