Babatunde Lea and Friends – April 5

Babatunde Lea and Friends Date: Friday, April 5 Time: 7:30 p.m. Paul Mahder Gallery, 222 Healdsburg Ave., 800-838-3006 Tickets: $20 It’s the annual return of the Operation Jazz Band artists, Babatunde Lea and Friends. Throughout the previous week, they’ve been helping local 5th graders in Healdsburg schools understand the underpinnings of jazz in their classrooms. Azar Lawrence (tenor sax), Bill Ortiz (trumpet), Gary Brown (bass) and Frank Martin (piano) will

Jazz Photography Exhibit and Reception

Jazz Photography Exhibit May 24 – June 29 When: May 24 – June 29 Where: Flying Goat Coffee, 324 Center St. Hours: Daily 7 am – 7 pm Local photographer George Wells has been documenting the annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival almost since its inception. We’ve convinced him to create a gallery exhibit of Festival images, “Where It All Began,” documenting 20 years of jazz in Healdsburg. The photographs will be

Meet Billy Hart – April 22 & 23

  The Many Sides of Billy Hart April 22, Friday at Sonoma State University April 23, Saturday at Healdsburg Jr. High School. Admission is free. Through conversations and recordings starting from the beginning of his career, Billy Hart will present a musical history, an overview of his many drumming styles, and discuss his evolution as a band leader. Our goal is to educate the public about this extraordinary jazz master

Babatunde Lea & Friends at HCA – April 15

Healdsburg welcomes Operation Jazz Band Date: Friday, April 15 Location: Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg Time:  7:00 and 9:00 p.m. (two shows, separate admission) Cost: $20 Tickets now available here High energy drummer-percussionist and local favorites Babatunde Lea and Friends will perform at Healdsburg Center for the Arts on Friday, April 15. The outstanding group of players includes tenor saxophonist Teodross Avery,  Ruth Ahlers on alto, Gilbert Castellanos on trumpet, Frank

Luiz Brasil Quartet at Paul Mahder – May 15

Produced in association with Thalia Productions Location: Paul Mahder Gallery 222 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg Time: 7:30 | Cost: $20 Purchase tickets now Luiz Brasil, known as the lead guitarist in the bands of Caetano Veloso, Gilbert Gil and Gal Costa, will make a very rare United States appearance showcasing his talents as a bandleader. He is one of the most in-demand guitarists in Brazil, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to present this

Babatunde Lea & Friends with Faye Carol – April 24

Healdsburg Jazz and the Healdsburg Center for the Arts present … An Evening of Soulful Jazz Date: Friday, April 24 Two shows: 7 pm and 9 pm Location: Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg, 95448 Tickets: $25 Ways to Purchase tickets: Online at  Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 11 am – 5 pm at the door the night of the event, subject to availability “Lea drives his stellar groups from the drum kit or

September at Seasons of the Vineyard

September Saturday afternoons in Healdsburg during “crush” is a time to unwind from the hassles of the crowded wine roads and bustling cellars. So we suggest you relax at Seasons of the Vineyard, the tasting bar and gift boutique at 113 Plaza St, on the north side of the Healdsburg Plaza. You can sip selected wines from Ferrari-Carano Winery and Lazy Creek Vineyards while listening to live jazz artists in performance, hand-picked

Maria Bija Brings Brazilian Classics to Seasons Aug. 30

What: Maria Bija Trio When: Saturday, Aug. 30, 4 – 6 pm Where: Seasons of the Vineyard, 113 Plaza St., Healdsburg Next Saturday afternoon’s entry in the Jazz It UP! series at Seasons of the Vineyard, on Aug. 30, takes a decided turn to the south, with songstress Maria Bija appearing with two stellar local musicians, Christian Foley-Beining on guitar and Kendrick Freeman on percussion. Maria Bija formerly performed under

Aug. 16 at Seasons of the Vineyard

Chris Amberger and the Hot Dogs featuring the Gabe Gladstein Trio When: Saturday, Aug. 16 Where: Seasons of the Vineyard, 115 Plaza St., Healdsburg Time: 4 – 6 pm; no cover. Chris Amberger, the Bay Area’s preeminent upright bassist and a Berklee College of Music graduate, has been performing and recording with a long list of jazz greats since the late sixties, among them Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby McFerrin, Cal

June 2 – Jazz and Wine Dinner at DCK

Kai Devitt-Lee Trio at Dry Creek Kitchen When: Monday, June 2 Where: Dry Creek Kitchen, 317 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg Time: 7:00 – 10:00 pm Reservations: (707) 431-0330 | The word “prodigy” can be applied to any artist of talent too young to drive, and it probably creates unfair expectations. Grow into it, though, and you can be somebody. Healdsburg’s Kai Devitt-Lee was a guitar prodigy who moved to the Big Apple, where there’s a lot of seasoning. Now he’s just a virtuoso. On

Nov. 20 – Tribute to Frank Sinatra

“Come Fly With Us!” What: Haute Cuisine and High FidelityWhen: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 5:30 – 9:00 pmWhere: Madrona Manor, 1001 Westside Rd, HealdsburgFeaturing: Fine Dining and Sinatra Tribute artist John DeMers Healdsburg Jazz is partnering with the acclaimed wine country inn Madrona Manor and their Michelin-starred chef, Jesse Mallgren, to celebrate the life and music of The Chairman of the Board, The Voice, Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Francis Albert Sinatra.

Nov. 10 – Members Only Party

By invitation only… Join the Party! Sunday, November 10, 2013 • 3 to 6 pm Cost: FREE to members Hosted by Healdsburg Jazz Festival Atrium of E & M Electric, 126 Mill Street Healdsburg, Calif. Every year Healdsburg Jazz shows its appreciation for our members with a special party – for members only! – held at a unique location rarely open to the public. Our sponsors, donors, volunteers  and members provide

Sept. 1 – Jazz Bliss Brazil at HCA

An Evening of Brazilian Music with Jazz Bliss Brazil featuring special guests Chico Pinheiro and Mauricio Zottarelli Where: Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St.When: Sunday, September 1Time: Two shows, 7 pm and 9 pmTickets: $25.00 now on sale “Jazz Bliss Brazil“ – An intoxicating blend of Brazilian music and classic American jazz  Carol Bach-y-Rita –  Vocals and percussionRobert Kyle – Saxophone and fluteLarry Steen – BassPlus Special Guests :Chico Pinheiro

July 21 – Noam Lemish-George Marsh in Concert

Toronto-based pianist and composer Noam Lemish will be touring the bay area next month, stopping at Sonoma State University to perform with jazz drummer and SSU faculty member George Marsh. The two are celebrating the release of their new CD,  Nightfall, with a concert on July 21 at 2 p.m. in Warren Auditorium. Noam and George recorded Nightfall a few years ago at Mesa Studios in Sebastopol. They finished up

Press Release: Oliver Lake at the HAC Gallery, 6/29

Music in the Gallery Solo Performance with Oliver Lake Date: Saturday, June 29 |Time: Two shows: 7 pm and 9 pmCost: $20.00Location: Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St., HealdsburgPhone: 707-431-1970Tickets: For sale online or at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts during business hours (daily 11 am – 5 pm). Advance purchase recommended. Accomplished poet, painter and performance artist, Oliver Lake will perform a solo concert of saxophone, flute