Jazz fan in the White House

First Lady supports jazz education Jazz has a big fan in the White House — Michelle Obama. The First Lady proved her affection for and committment to what she called “America’s indigenous art form” (where have we heard that before?) by hosting a Jazz Studio at the White House on Monday, June 15, where she called jazz “America’s greatest artistic gift to the world.” About 150 middle and high school

Healdsburg Jazz Music Store

It’s here, at last: the place to order CDs by the many artists performing at the 11th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival. Just add the music you want to enjoy at home, in your car or at a party with this secure Amazon e-store. Shop on, brothers and sisters! Just follow this link to launch in a new window.

Master Class with Brazilian Jazz Great

Brazilian guitarist, composer Toninho Horta shares his music Where: Palette Art Café 235 Center Street (Behind La Crema tasting room) Date: Monday,  June 1, 2009 Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm Tickets: Limited availability $75.00 Experience a rare opportunity to learn from a great living master of Brazilian jazz, Toninho Horta. This is truly a very special educational event, a chance to meet and talk with Toninho about his way of

Mission Accomplished: Operation Jazz Band

Mission Accomplished! Today Operation Jazz Band finished their week in Healdsburg by playing in concert before all SIX fifth grade classes: Fitch Mountain Elementary, St. John School, Alexander Valley School, Geyserville School, Westside Elementary School, and Sonoma Country Day School! About 200 students in all filled the Raven Theater in Healdsburg to hear what Operation Jazz Band really sounded like. During the past week Operation Jazz Band, led by Babatunde

Sunday Afternoon, June 7

James Moody Quartet featuring special guest Marlena Shaw Location: Rodney Strong Vineyards 11455 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg Date: Sunday, June 7 Time: 3 pm (gates open at 2 pm) Tickets: $45 MC: Greg Bridges General Outdoor seating on the lawn. Low chairs allowed. Umbrellas permitted along the back fence only. Children 10 and under are free. “Moody plays with all types of soul, and his music is optimistic music, infectious”

Sunday Morning, June 7

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Under the direction of Terrance Kelly Location: Raven Performing Arts Theater 115 North Street Date: Sunday, June 7 Time: 10 am to noon Tickets: $25 “These people love to sing and it shows” — San Francisco Chronicle Since time immemorial, humans have raised their voices in praise and song. The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (OIGC) brings a bracing jolt of energy to age-old spirituals and gospel

African Percussion, Song, & Dance Workshops

Classes for Tots to Adult Begin March 24! Featuring renowned African Drum & Dance Master Tacuma King The Healdsburg Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to team up with the Healdsburg Jazz Festival to bring Tacuma King to Healdsburg for a series of classes for ages 18 months to adult. K-8 students who attend the City’s after-school program will also be treated to his special classes courtesy of the Jazz

Operation Jazz Band is Coming

Fortissimo! “Ah-go ee-lay ah-go! Ah-go ee-lay ah-go! Ah-go ee-lay ah-go-yah!” Soon you will hear some 5th grade kids chanting that in a few weeks! In case you don’t know, here is my report on the 2008 OJB: Operation Jazz Band is one of the key music education programs sponsored by the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. Today was Day 2 of Operation Jazz Band Week, which entails a group of Northern California