The Healdsburg Jazz Festival will take the wine country by storm for the 14th consecutive year with a power-packed roster of jazz “Roy-alty”—that's Roy as in Haynes, the legendary drummer and NEA Jazz Master—and a bevy of veterans and jazz rising stars. The festival is proud to present for the first time, NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan, a unique vocal force in the music for over half a century. Healdsburg, which has never compromised its vision of presenting authentic jazz greats, continues this June with a lineup that includes another Jazz Master — the peerless guitarist Kenny Burrell — red-hot pianist Vijay Iyer and his trio that's the toast of New York; local jazz mover and shaker Adam Theis' Shotgun Wedding; the dazzling pianist Michele Rosewoman with trombone legend Julian Priester sitting in as special g! uest; suave, bluesy pianist/singer Freddy Cole; timbales grandmaster Orestes Vilato's brand-new trans-Latin group Azesu, featuring the beguiling Venezuelan singer Maria Marquez; a Dixieland superband led by Mal Sharpe; a Jazz Night at the Movies courtesy of Mark Cantor and his mile-deep cache of rare jazz footage; Northern California soul-jazz guitarist extraordinaire Calvin Keys; and lots more.
As usual, the festival matches the jazz with the area's most beautiful settings, such as Rodney Strong Vineyards, Barndiva restaurant, the Cousteaux Bakery, the town plaza and of course the Raven Performing Arts Theater.
With help from the very prestigious $10,000 NEA Jazz Master's Live grant to present Mr. Haynes and Ms. Jordan, the Festival will also be offering a couple of special programs. A Roy-al Family Panel Discussion featuring headliner Roy Haynes and his two sons, cornetist Graham and drummer Craig and other participants, will air out the limitless legacy of a drummer who has played with practically every significant figure in jazz history, from Louis Armstrong to Charlie Parker to John Coltrane to Chick Corea. A Vocal Master Class led by the divine Ms. Jordan, open to singers of all levels, will reveal secrets she has stored since singing with Charlie Parker as a teenager.
Other treats abound at the fest. Try the late-night jams at the Healdsburg Hotel featuring Lorca Hart's juicy trio, or a wine tasting at Seasons of the Vineyard graced by the superlative Benny Barth Trio.
Come to the festival and soak in the magic that has made Healdsburg an annual mecca for jazz pilgrims who crave the real deal.