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Healdsburg Jazz Festival Announces Artist Lineup for June Event

Headliners for Northern California festival include Dave Holland, Kenny Barron, Kevin Eubanks, Paula West, Willie Jones III and others

Kenny Barron and Dave Holland
Kenny Barron (left) with Dave Holland (photo: Sylvain Gripoix)

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival, now in its 24th year, has announced the programming for its 2022 edition, which will be be held June 13-19 in Healdsburg, Calif., by the Russian River in the wine country of Sonoma County. Performers for this year’s festival include Dave Holland and Kenny Barron, Kevin Eubanks, Mads Tolling, Kenny Washington, Bobi Céspedes, Charlie Musselwhite, Arenas Dance Company, Johnathan Blake, Paula West, Jesús Díaz y su QBA, Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini, Terrie Odabi, and Sylvia Cuenca. The festival’s final day will feature a Juneteenth celebration in Healdsburg Plaza with the Willie Jones III Quintet featuring Jeremy Pelt, Ralph Moore, David Williams, and Jeremy Manasia; MJ’s Brass Boppers; the Curtis Family C-notes; and poets Enid Pickett and Kamau Daáood.  

The week of events will include curated pairings of music and dance, spoken word and food, and a free daylong Juneteenth celebration. Performances will take place at indoor and outdoor venues and sites throughout Healdsburg including Hotel Healdsburg, Little Saint, Raven Performing Arts Center, Elephant in the Room, The Jackson Theater in Santa Rosa, Healdsburg Farmers’ Market, St. Paul’s Church, Truett Hurst Winery, and the Healdsburg Plaza. 

The festival is curated by Bay Area bassist and composer Marcus Shelby, who succeeded Jessica Felix, the festival’s founder, as artistic director in September 2020. “After over 2 years of the pandemic, lockdowns, and much uncertainty, we are very thankful and proud to present this year’s expanded Festival,” Shelby said in a press release received at JazzTimes. “We are honored to present so many diverse groups, programs, and concerts, including a very special concert with NEA Jazz Masters Dave Holland and Kenny Barron produced by our founder Jessica Felix. We will present a wide range of styles and disciplines from straight-ahead classic jazz and modern swing to rhythm and blues, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, brass bands, gospel, funk, soul music, choirs, poets, spoken-word artists, and dance companies. We are equally committed to music education for young people through our festival programming and are excited to hold pre-concert talks, master classes, and present our own Healdsburg Jazz Future All-stars performance. We look forward to having everyone experience world-class music, food, and culture for 7 days in wine country at this year’s Festival.”

Tickets go on sale today to the general public. Information and tickets can be found at the festival website.