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Rollie Atkinson

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival is gearing up for its 15th season and next summer’s festival with the election of a full board of directors and officers.

“We are coming off another outstanding festival year and are just about at full-gear in putting our 2013 festival venues and musical lineups together,” said new chairman Rollie Atkinson in a statement released this week.

The 2013 festival is scheduled for May 31 through June 9 at various venues in and around Healdsburg.

At its first meeting of the jazz organization’s new fiscal year, seven of the board members were re-elected to new two-year terms with two others also continuing.

Directors are Atkinson, past chairman Gloria Hersch, vice-chair Elizabeth Candelario, secretary Ed Flesch, treasurer Dennis Abbe, Loretta Rosas, Roy Gattinella and Randy Coleman.

Artistic director and festival founder Jessica Felix also serves on the nine-member board.

Last year’s festival featured jazz masters Roy Haynes, Sheila Jordan, Kenny Burrell, Freddy Cole and Billy Hart and others.

Other jazz stars who have played the Healdsburg Jazz Festival in the past include McCoy Tyner, Dave Brubeck, Fred Hersch, Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussein, Randy Weston, Abbey Lincoln, Charlie Haden, Julian Lage, Kenny Barron, Billy Higgins and more.

Information: healdsburgjazzfestival.org, (707) 433-4633.

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