Special Appeal: Support the Healdsburg Jazz Festival First of all, I want to thank everyone who stood up for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival and the music it represents. This is a victory for real, true jazz in a time when many jazz festivals have been moving away from the format, even while still calling themselves a “jazz festival.” Thankfully, theRead More →

Thanks to the support of the Healdsburg community, plans are moving forward to produce the next annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival next year, in 2011. Jessica Felix, founder and artistic director of the Festival, is formulating plans not only for the Festival line-up but interim music events, fund-raisers for the Festival, as well as recruiting for a new Board of Directors. InRead More →

Breaking news HJF Board announces reinstatement of artistic director Jessica Felix On Labor Day, September 6, the Board of Directors of the Healsburg Jazz Festival announced that in response to public support for artistic director Jessica Felix, they were reinstating her position and electing her Chairperson of the Board. They then announced their resignation as a Board, clearing the wayRead More →

Press Release from the Board of Directors The Healdsburg Jazz Festival Announces Hiatus of Jazz Festival for 2011 Season and Renewed Focus on Music Education Program July 29, 2010 Today the Healdsburg Jazz Festival Board of Directors announced that the organization will focus the resources of the organization on its signature music education program, Operation Jazz Band for the 2011Read More →

The Future Is Now! Jazz Visionaries Join Forces in Wine Country Rising stars and veteran masters to fill Healdsburg with virtuoso performances in the Festival’s 12th Season Healdsburg, Calif.  — Jazz’s dizzying rate of evolution means that every five or six years a new generation takes root. Healdsburg presents a thrilling international cast of improvisers, from artists who defined theirRead More →

March 17, 2010 Dear Music Lovers, During a recent trip to New York, I had the great fortune to experience a thriving and vibrant jazz scene.  The fuel for this scene was being generated by dozens of young artists, some of whom I’d never heard of.  I was amazed by the fresh sounds of such talent as Jason Moran, GretchenRead More →


The latest addition to the jazz line-up in Healdsburg comes from a young talent still in high school. Kai Devitt-Lee, who’ll be a junior at Healdsburg High next fall, will be showing off his still-developing skills on jazz guitar at the Palette Art Café on alternate Sundays this summer. (Update: Kai has been upgraded to weekly appearances at Palette, everyRead More →