ECM at 50

ECM turns 50 German music label honored with first-weekend concerts Anyone who has been a consumer of jazz (and classical) records or CDs over the past 50 years must surely be aware of the German label ECM. It has released albums by dozens of jazz greats, including Keith Jarrett, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Pat Matheny, Mal Waldron, Vijay Iyer, John Abercrombie, Aaron Parks, Dave Holland, Paul Bley, Charles Lloyd,

Festival Finale: Haynes, Jordan, Iyer – June 10

Roy Haynes & Fountain of Youth with guest Craig Haynes Sheila Jordan & Cameron Brown Duo Vijay Iyer Trio with guest Graham Haynes @RODNEY STRONG VINEYARDS 11455 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg 2pm gates open 1pm $45 | $35 student/senior children 10 and under free Lawn seating | no umbrellas Wine Sponsor: Rodney Strong | Food Truck menus The grand finale for the 14th Healdsburg Jazz Festival is a truly special

Kenny Burrell in Concert – June 9

Solo and Trio Performances @ RAVEN THEATER 115 North Street | 8pm $65 | $45 | $35 student/senior Sorry, this event is sold out. Thanks for your support! Dedicated to the memory of Al Voigt With Kenny Burrell’s two sets ringing in the final weekend, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival’s Jazz Masters begin showing what it’s like at the top of the artistic mountain. Burrell, who turned 80 last year, picked

Sheila Jordan Master Vocal Class – June 9

Getting Your Act Together @ HEALDSBURG HIGH SCHOOL 1028 Prince Avenue Band Room | 11AM-2PM $50 participants | $25 to audit The class is open to all levels of expertise 2012 NEA Jazz Master and Healdsburg Jazz Festival featured performer Sheila Jordan invites singers of all levels to a Vocal Master Class. Teaching since 1978, Sheila is as passionate about passing on her knowledge as she is about singing. “My

The Michele Rosewoman Trio – June 8

with Andy McKee and Billy Hart special guest Julian Priester @THE RAVEN THEATER 115 North Street 8PM | $50 | $30 | $25 Student/Senior Those who have been lucky enough to catch Michele Rosewoman’s occasional homecoming performances in the Bay Area over the decades can feel like members of a secret society; pilgrims to the shrine of a piano goddess who has illuminated mysteries of the keyboard that very few

Music, Wine and Food Hours – June 8 & 9

Friday with the Gary Johnson Trio Saturday with Susan Sutton Trio ACROSS FROM THE RAVEN THEATER Parking lot at North & Center Streets 5:30-7:30pm | $1: includes duo wine tasting, food bites are free Sponsored by Simi Winery Founded in 1876 and located just down the road off Healdsburg Avenue, Simi is one of Sonoma County’s most historic wineries. As part of the weekend festivities, we invite you to stop

The Lorca Hart Trio – June 8 & 9

with Josh Nelson and Edwin Livingston @HOTEL HEALDSBURG LOBBY 25 Matheson Street 9PM -Midnight | No Cover Sponsored by Chalk Hill Estates Ask the musicians: Some of the most fun to be had at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival takes place in the lobby of the Hotel Healdsburg, where the playing goes until midnight. The final Friday and Saturday nights of the fest, the Lorca Hart Trio will be holding forth.

Shotgun Wedding – June 7

Hip Hop Meets Jazz @SPOONBAR 219 Healdsburg Avenue 8-11PM | No Cover | One day a few years back the Bay Area woke up and  discovered it had been taken over by the Mafia. The Jazz Mafia, that is. Seemingly out of nowhere, a syndicate had sprung up, absorbing practically every able-bodied musician in the region like Star Trek‘s Borg and distributing them among about 10 different bands, each

Jazz Night at the Movies – June 6

with Mark Cantor @ RAVEN THEATER 115 North Street 7-9:30PM | $10 | 707.433.8720 Though jazz festivals are first and foremost about presenting live music, promoters have known for decades that a secret to any festival’s success can be a program of jazz films from the vaults of Mark Cantor. For 40 years, this passionate archivist has been enthralling audiences with screenings from a collection of more than 4,000 performances;

Vintage Blues on Vinyl – June 5

featuring David Katznelson @BERGAMOT ALLEY 328-a Healdsburg Ave 8-11PM | $10 | To continue the day-long music celebration from the square, revelers should next head down to Bergamot Alley bar & wine merchants to indulge in an evening of vintage blues and R&B. DJ David Katznelson will be serving up a sizzling platter of tunes by John Lee Hooker, Fred McDowell, Slim Gaillard, Amos Milburn, Roscoe Gordon, Ruth Brown,

Azesu at the Healdsburg Plaza – June 5

Azesu: a hybrid of Latin rhythms, South American folklorico & jazz @ HEALDSBURG PLAZA Healdsburg Ave. & Matheson 6 – 8 pm Orestes Vilato has played with practically every Latin jazz or Latin rock artist of note—from Ray Barretto to Carlos Santana to Carlos “Patato” Valdez to Chico O’Farril—not to mention he’s lent his timbales skills to stars like Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis. When the 67-yearold Cuban-born

Kai Devitt-Lee Trio – June 4

@ DRY CREEK KITCHEN 317 Healdsburg Avenue 7-10PM | Reservations Recommended 707.431.0330 | There must be something in wine country water that causes guitar prodigies to sprout. Julian Lage was the first. Now meet 18-year-old Kai Devitt-Lee, a Healdsburg-raised fret wonder who made his debut at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival last year. Now living in New York and studying at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Kai

The Freddy Cole Quartet – June 3

@ BARNDIVA 231 Center Street Sponsors: JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset | Thomas Sparks Two shows 4pm & 7pm 707.431.0100 | Dedicated to the memory of David Dietz In a culture besotted with youth, some people haven’t figured out that musicians only improve with age. It’s not like sports, and in this, Freddy Cole’s life offers an object lesson. As a high-schooler in Chicago, Cole was a football star. But

Wine, Jazz & the Benny Barth Trio – June 2

Tasting Room | 113 Plaza Street 4-6pm 707.431.2222 Taste wine at Ferrari-Carano’s Seasons of the Vineyard, the jazz-friendly tasting room where the Benny Barth Trio will be spreading good vibes. Barth began playing in the bebop era and has worked in all the legendary San Francisco clubs of yore. Randy Vincent, guitar teacher to the stars, swings his ax, and local veteran Chris Amberger caresses the stand-up.