Healdsburg 15th Annual Festival
May 31 - Jun 09, 2013
The 2013 festival lineup to date includes a two-day tribute to jazz bassist Charlie Haden and other headliner performances by Charles Lloyd with Jason Moran, Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Fred Hersch Trio and the Azar Lawrence Trio with Alphonse Mouzon.
Described as “the best boutique jazz festival in the country,” by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival has become a much-anticipated event every year where internationally-acclaimed musicians take over center stage with acts playing on the Healdsburg Plaza, at the historic Raven Theater, as well as more casual and intimate settings among the town’s wine tasting rooms, restaurants, art galleries and outdoor settings.
On the first weekend, a two-day tribute June 1-2 will honor Charlie Haden with the 12 piece Liberation Music Orchestra featuring Carla Bley, Quartet West with Ravi Coltrane, plus Bill Frisell, Geri Allen, Lee Konitz, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and still more artists to be announced.
The second weekend will host an exclusive 2013 U.S. engagement with the Charles Lloyd-Jason Moran Duo, a special evening with the Fred Hersch Trio and a premier performance of the Marcus Shelby Orchestra with the HJF Freedom Jazz Choir on June 6. Closing the festival at Rodney Strong Vineyards on June 9 will be SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, the award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble and the Azar Lawrence Trio with Esssiet Essiet Okon and Aphonse Mouzon.
More acts will be announced in coming weeks at the festival website, www.healdsburgjazz.org, where ticket sales and other information will be available.
Healdsburg’s premier wine and food, lodging and seasonal events have grown to world renown at the same pace and rhythm of the past 14 years of jazz festivals. Just as wine lovers make return spring and fall visits to the heart of northern Sonoma County’s wine country, world-traveling jazz greats and music enthusiasts continue to gather in this small town to share a wonderful menu of tastes, sights, sounds and fascinating people.
Healdsburg is located an hour's drive north of San Francisco. Although it remains a small town of just over 10,000 people, Healdsburg is also home to premium inns and hotels, cozy B&Bs, an amazing selection of dining experiences and an embarkation point for winery tours through the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys. “Wine country” in Healdsburg is where country casual meets sophisticated culture. In short, it’s a perfect home for jazz.
Past festivals have showcased many jazz greats such as Dave Brubeck, McCoy Tyner, Roy Hargrove, Randy Weston, Roy Haynes, John Handy, Kenny Garrett, Joshua Redman and many others.
The Healdsburg Jazz Festival, under the continued direction of founder Jessica Felix, is known for its dedication to the original and authentic forms of America’s most indigenous art forms. Festival attendees have shared in performances and tributes to many Jazz Masters, as well as emerging talents like Esperanza Spalding, Jason Moran, Julian Lage and Vijay Iyer.
Each year — and again this year— the 10 days of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival offers jazz in many forms, from Dixieland to Latin rhythms to straight-ahead classics and convergences with hip-hop and jazz’s rising stars.
The Healdsburg Jazz Festival is partially supported by the James Irvine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Local volunteers and corporate sponsors are also essential ingredients for the non-profit organization that presents year-round jazz performances and continuing music education programs in several local schools.
Various indoor and outdoor venues around Healdsburg.
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