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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

New Freedom Jazz Choir performs in Santa Rosa

The new HJF (Healdsburg Jazz Festival) Freedom Jazz Choir, a chorus of more than 100 voices, led by jazz bassist Marcus Shelby and accompanied by his 17-piece orchestra, will perform Saturday, May 18, in Santa Rosa. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave. Admission: $20. The program will include “Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” a jazz suite written by Shelby. Performers will include Faye Carol, and Adam Ivey’s… Read More »

Healdsburg Jazz Festival announces summer lineup

The 15th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival will feature the vocal ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, a two-day tribute to bassist Charlie Haden and the premiere of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival Freedom Jazz Choir. The festival, scheduled to run May 31 through June 9 at various venues in the Healdsburg area, also includes an exclusive appearance by the duo of saxophonist Charles Lloyd and pianist Jason Moran. Sweet Honey in the Rock, an a cappella group that combines African chanting,… Read More »

Healdsburg Jazz Festival line-up announced

This summer’s Healdsburg Jazz Festival includes a two-day tribute to jazz bassist Charlie Haden and other headliner performances by Charles Lloyd with Jason Moran, and the Fred Hersch Trio. The 15th annual festival will run from May 31 through June 9 at various indoor and outdoor venues around Healdsburg. On the first weekend, a two-day tribute June 1-2 will honor Charlie Haden with the 12-piece Liberation Music Orchestra featuring Carla Bley, Quartet West with Ravi Coltrane, plus Bill Frisell, Geri… Read More »

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 »