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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

Healdsburg Jazz Fest gets $65,000 grant to start jazz choir

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival is getting a two-year, $65,000 grant from the James Irvine Foundation to create a jazz choir representing the cultural diversity of Sonoma County. The project will be led by Marcus Shelby, noted Bay Area jazz composer, educator and musician. Shelby and the Healdsburg Jazz Festival will assemble the new jazz choir to perform at a series of concerts featuring Shelby’s musical compositions based on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and his new arrangements of… Read More »

Healdsburg Jazz Fest gets $10,000 grant

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival has received a National Endowment for the Arts “Jazz Masters Live” grant of $10,000 to help support a concert on June 10, honoring jazz masters Sheila Jordan and Roy Haynes. The 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… Read More »

Santos lectures on jazz in Healdsburg

Five-time Grammy nominee John Santos will present a jazz appreciation class titled “The Anatomy of Latin Jazz” from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg. Tickets cost $15; students and seniors, $10. The event is a benefit for this summer’s Healdsburg Jazz Festival. Santos’ lecture will include rare recordings from his collection, to illustrate the influence Latino Caribbean music Louie Armstrong, Bo Diddley, Elvis Presley and even Bill Cosby… Read More »

Paula West sings at Lambert Bridge Winery

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival doesn’t open until June 3, but you don’t have to wait that long for good jazz. The festival will present an early event “An Evening with Paula West”  Saturday, May 21, at the Lambert Bridge Winery. The concert’s proceeds will help support the 13th annual festival this summer. The event, which is limited to 100 people, includes a tasting and food pairing of Lambert Bridge’s award-winning wines from the Dry Creek Valley winemaker, as well as… Read More »