The Healdsburg Jazz Festival marks its 20th anniversary June 1-10 this year with 10 days of live jazz music at venues in both Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, welcoming back many of the jazz stars who have contributed to the festival’s success over the past two decades.
The celebration opens with a duet performance by top guitarists Bill Frisell and Julian Lage, and pioneering jazz saxophonist and clarinetist Charles Lloyd will celebrate his 80th birthday during the festival, performing tabla master Zakir Hussain and others.
A trio featuring saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington will offer a tribute to the late pianist Geri Allen.
The festival also features two of the top clarinetists in jazz: Anat Cohen, who will play with the Brazilian band Trio da Paz, and Dr. Michael White, closing the festival with his seven-piece Original Liberty Jazz Band from New Orleans.
Three piano trios, led by Fred Hersch, Marc Cary and George Cables, will perform at the festival. Other combos to be featured include drummer Lorca Hart’s trio, the Chris Amberger Trio and Cosa Nostra Strings, led by trombonist Adam Theis. John Santos his sextet will perform “A Puerto Rico Mi Amor.”
Emcee Infinite, also known as Carlos Aguirre, will deliver a spoken-word performance.
The final weekend of the festival will include a show the Festival All-Stars, featuring saxophonists Bobby Watson, Azar Lawrence and Chico Freeman, trumpeter David Weiss, percussionist Babatunde Lea and drummer Billy Hart and others.
Also look for a show by 100-voice Freedom Choir led by Marcus Shelby, with singer Ruth Naomi Floyd and guest conductor and composer James Newton, as well as Marcus’ Big Band.
Tickets go on sale April 1. For more information, visit healdsburgjazz.org.
The full festival schedule:
FRIDAY, JUNE 1
— Bill Frisell & Julian Lage Duo, Healdsburg SHED, 25 North St., Healdburg. 7 and 9 p.m. $75.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2
— “Art of the Trio” double bill. Set 1: Fred Hersch Trio with John Hebert and Eric McPhearson. Set 2: Trio da Paz with Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta and Duduka Da Fonseca and guests Anat Cohen and Claudia Villela. Jackson Theater, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa, 7 p.m. $45, $55 or $75.
SUNDAY, JUNE 3
— “Charles Lloyd and Friends 80th Year Celebration,” with Zakir Hussain, Gerald Clayton, Eric Harland, Harish Raghvan and special guest Bill Frisell. Jackson Theater, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa. 7 p.m. $45, $55 and $75.
MONDAY, JUNE 4
— Chris Amberger Trio, with Randy Vincent and Frances Vanek. Dry Creek Kitchen, 317 Healdsburg Ave. Healdsburg. 6:30-9:30 p.m. No cover charge; reservations recommended.
TUESDAY, JUNE 5
— “A Puerto Rico Mi Amor,” John Santos Sextet, Healdsburg Plaza. 6-8 p.m. Free.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6
— Adam Theis with Cosa Nostra Strings, Spoonbar, 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 6 and 8 p.m. | $65, including dinner and concert; reservations required.
THURSDAY, JUNE 7
— Marc Cary Trio, Paul Mahder Gallery, 222 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. 7 and 9 p.m. $35.
FRIDAY, JUNE 8
— “Celebrating Geri Allen” Ravi Coltrane, Dave Holland and Terri Lyne Carrington, Raven Theater, 115 North St., Healdsburg. The opening act will be the winner of the Student Jazz Combo Competition. 7 p.m. $45-$75.
What: 2018 Healdsburg Jazz Festival 2018
When: June 1-10
Where: Various venues
Admission: Free to $75