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12th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival June 4-13, 2010

United States
The Future Is Now! Jazz Visionaries Join Forces in Wine Country Rising stars and veteran masters to fill Healdsburg with virtuoso performances in the Festival’s 12th Season

March 17, 2010, Healdsburg, Calif. — Jazz’s dizzying rate of evolution means that every five or six years a new generation takes root. Healdsburg presents a thrilling international cast of improvisers, from artists who defined their era half a century ago to today’s most innovative musicians, and every generation in between. Hailed as a rare gem of a jazz festival that focuses on quality and soul, the 12th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival runs June 4 -13 at venues around the famously picturesque wine country community.

Family Ties

In a rare reunion, bassist Charlie Haden, a jazz revolutionary who exploded on the scene with Ornette Coleman in 1959, performs in an extraordinary trio with Geri Allen, the most audaciously creative pianist to emerge in the 1980s, and tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, who grew up around Haden, a collaborator with both his parents, John and Alice Coltrane.

Rio de Janeiro North

Showcasing more Brazilian talent than can be found anywhere else in North America, this quadruple bill features guitarist bossa nova patriarch Oscar Castro-Neves with a stellar band, samba jazz queen Leny Andrade, Brazil’s most beloved jazz singer, with the superlative guitarist Romero Lubambo. The mini-festival opens with two captivating vocalists. Rio-born singer Claudia Villela performs her startlingly beautiful original works with her band, featuring fellow Carioca Ricardo Peixoto on guitar. And Brasilia is an acclaimed quartet led by drummer Ted Moore and singer Pamela Driggs, with her husband Romero Lubambo appearing as special guest.

Stars On the Rise

But this season the accent is on youth, with a bevy of brilliant young bandleaders including the charismatic bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding, who’s become one of jazz’s foremost ambassadors with her propulsive playing and lithe singing; iconoclastic pianist/composer Jason Moran, whose supremely resourceful trio The Bandwagon is joined by guitar star Bill Frisell; Thelonious Monk Competition winner and bossa nova-besotted vocalist Gretchen Parlato; and sensational Cuban drummer/composer Dafnis Prieto, the leader of the kinetic Si o Si Quartet with Berkeley-raised multi-instrumental magician Peter Apfelbaum.

Please visit our website for complete lineup, dates and times.

Tickets available online soon and at http://healdsburgjazzbrownpapertickets.com/

Complete Lineup:
• Charlie Haden
• Ravi Coltrane
• Geri Allen
• Jason Moran
• Bill Frisell
• Esperanza Spalding
• Oscar Castro-Neves
• Leny Andrade
• Romero Lubambo
• George Cables
• Craig Handy
• Gretchen Parlato
• Dafnis Prieto
• Peter Apfelbaum
• Claudia Villela
• Lorca Hart
• Bennett Friedman
• Shea Breaux Wells
• Christian Foley-Beining
• Paul McCandless
• Kai Devitt-Lee
• Brasilia
• Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble
• Jazz Night at the Movies
• Jazz & Wine Pairings
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