The 24th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival returns to Healdsburg June 13-19 and tickets for the popular event go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 15 at 11 a.m. at healdsburgjazz.org.
Healdsburg Jazz Artistic Director Marcus Shelby will showcase award-winning international and local artists over seven days, including NEA Jazz Masters Dave Holland and Kenny Barron, Blues Legend Charlie Musselwhite, Bobi SingersCéspdes and Paula West, and others.
The festival will begin with an opening dinner and dessert show at the Healdsburg Hotel featuring Tiffany Austin’s “soul sessions” and conclude with a Father’s Day with Paula West at Truett Hurst Winery.
Other festival events include music and dance associations, spoken word, and a free all-day June 19 celebration on June 19.
Festival performances will take place indoors and outdoors including the Healdsburg Hotel, Little Saint, Raven Performing Arts Center, Elephant in the Room, Jackson Theater in Santa Rosa, Healdsburg Farmers Market, St. Paul’s Church, Truett Hurst Winery and Healdsburg Square .
“After more than two years of pandemic, closures and much uncertainty, we are very grateful and proud to present this year’s expanded festival. We are honored to present so many diverse bands, programs and concerts, including a very special concert with NEA jazz masters Dave Holland and Kenny Barron produced by our founder Jessica Felix,” Marcus Shelby said in a statement. “We will present a wide range of styles and disciplines ranging from classic jazz to modern swing, rhythm and blues, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, brass bands, gospel, funk, soul music, choirs, poets, spoken word artists and dance companies. We are also committed to the musical education of young people through our festival programming and are delighted to host pre-concert talks, masterclasses and present our own performance by the stars of Healdsburg Jazz Future.
The festival will also combine food with music and offer special dinners and wine events. involving Chef Kyle Connaughton of three-star Michelin restaurant, SingleThread, Little Saint chef Bryan Oliver and the Dry Creek Kitchen team led by Chef Wyatt Keith.
“We look forward to bringing world-class music, food and culture to everyone for 7 days in wine country at this year’s Festival,” said Shelby.
Sponsors of this year’s festivities include the Foley Family Charitable Foundation, Stay Healdsburg/Healdsburg Tourism, Hotel Healdsburg, Little Saint/Saint Joseph’s Art Foundation, Truett Hurst Winery, the San Francisco Chronicle.
In addition to the festival, Healdsburg Jazz sponsors several free music education programs in local elementary and high schools, as well as for adults, and presents a year-round concert series and virtual and in-person talks, according to a press release. Healdsburg Jazz Liberation.