Healdsburg Jazz Festival Receives NEA Jazz Masters Live Grant


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$10,000 grant will help support an NEA Jazz Masters concert with Sheila Jordan and Roy Haynes

Healdsburg, CA.—The Healdsburg Jazz Festival has received an NEA Jazz Masters Live grant of $10,000 to help support a concert on June 10th, 2012 honoring jazz masters Sheila Jordan and Roy Haynes. The Healdsburg Jazz Festival is one of 12 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to support performance and educational activities featuring NEA Jazz Masters, recipients of the nation's highest honor in jazz.

The NEA Jazz Masters concert will be the grand finale of the 10-day 14th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival, to run June 1 ­ 10, 2012.

NEA Jazz Masters Live is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and managed by Arts Midwest. The program celebrates these living legends and offers audiences the unique opportunity to engage with the Jazz Masters through such activities as performances, master classes, clinics, lectures, and short term residencies.

“There is no substitute for being in the presence of a great artist, and through the NEA Jazz Masters Live grants, the NEA is pleased to provide opportunities for Americans all across this country to have exactly that experience," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “Twelve exceptional organizations will be our partners this year, and we are pleased to once again work with Arts Midwest in administering these grants."


Running from June 1-10 at venues around the picturesque Wine Country town, the 14th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival showcases a sensational roster of veteran jazz masters and rising stars. Hailed as a rare gem of a jazz festival that focuses on quality and soul, concerts are presented at various venues around the Healdsburg community during the 10 day celebration of jazz.

On Sunday June 10, a very special concert will be held in the beautiful outdoor theater at Rodney Strong Vineyards. This afternoon triple bill will showcase NEA Jazz Master Shelia Jordan and NEA Jazz Master Roy Haynes. The day will feature Mr. Haynes and members of his family, “the Roy-al Family of Jazz" with Mr. Haynes sons performing throughout the afternoon.

The concert opens with the exciting Vijay Iyer Trio and includes special guest Graham Haynes on trumpet. The Shelia Jordan Quartet, in a rare West Coast appearance, takes the stage next. The afternoon culminates with the super hot Roy Haynes Quartet featuring percussionist Craig Haynes. Ms. Jordan is a long time friend of the Haynes Family and this marks the first time that they will perform on the same concert. Expect some surprises!

The weekend celebration begins Saturday morning, June 9th, with Shelia Jordan presenting her four-hour vocal master class “Getting Your Act Together." On Saturday afternoon there will be an open panel discussion, The Roy-al Family: Exploring the Haynes family's musical legacy.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.

Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching peoples lives. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest's history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit artsmidwest.org.

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