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Charlie Haden

The National Endowment for the Arts announced today (Tuesday, Nov. 27) that it is awarding a $20,000 grant to next summer’s Healdsburg Jazz Festival.

The grant will support a two-day tribute, June 1 and 2,  to Southern California bassist, composer and bandleader Charlie Haden.

More than 20 performers representing the various phases of Haden’s musical career, including the 12-piece Liberation Music Orchestra, will perform, said Jessica Felix, the festival’s founder and artistic director.

“This is the largest grant we’ve ever gotten from the NEA, and it’s a great tribute to how they feel about what we’re doing here,” Felix said.

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

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

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