It is the mission of Healdsburg Jazz to produce concerts and support musicians. Our next step during these difficult times is creating FREE live stream jazz concert series viewable in real-time around the world. Hiring musicians is crucial to their livelihood because their performance income has been on hold since mid-March. Healdsburg Jazz will present local and Bay Area bands performing live without an audience direct from the beautiful Paul Mahder Gallery.
Wherever you live, sit back with a meal or your favorite libation while you enjoy our FREE live Friday Night concerts in your home. Order in or out to support one of your favorite local restaurants; they’ll appreciate your patronage during these stressful times.
Friday, July 3
Rhonda Benin Quintet – “Withers To Wonders”
Vocalist Rhonda Benin breezes in with her unique combination of jazz, blues, and soul with a show featuring the tunes of Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers, along with Rhonda’s original tunes. “Rhonda Benin is a tremendously assured singer who inhabits the celebratory zone where jazz, soul and blues fraternize freely.”
Rhonda Benin – vocals, Glen Pearson – piano, Ron Belcher – bass, Alcide Marshall – drums, Geechi Taylor – trumpet
Friday, July 10
Paul McCandless/Christian Foley-Beining
Collaboration is an exciting partnership of gifted jazz musicians. This stellar quartet will be playing mostly original compositions and features Grammy winner Paul McCandless on saxophone and bass clarinet and renowned guitarist Christian Foley-Beining playing acoustic and electric guitar, with Tom Shader on bass and Lorca Hart on drums.
Paul McCandless – saxophone and bass clarinet, Christian Foley-Beining – guitar, Tom Shader – bass, Lorca Hart – drums
Friday, July 17
The Lorca Hart “Bridges” Quartet
is rooted in the classic Jazz organ band sound (Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, Jazz Standards and Be-Bop) while also exploring more contemporary elements (original compositions, John Scofield, Joshua Redman, Pat Metheny, R+B and pop tunes) to create its own unique musical identity. The Band features:
Lorca Hart – drums, Brian Ho – organ, Mike Scott – guitar, Lyle Link – sax
Friday, July 24
Brazilian guitarist Ricardo Peixoto
reunites with long time collaborators, well known Brazilian pianist Marcos Silva and virtuoso bassist Aaron Germain for a live stream concert of Brazilian flavored music, their own compositions, and Brazilian classics. Be sure to tune in to hear these wonderful musicians explore a diverse mix of musical material with great arrangements and spontaneous improvisations.
Ricardo Peixoto – guitar, Marcos Silva – piano/keyboards, Aaron Germain – bass
Friday, July 31
SambaNoma “Jazz Symbiosis”
The music of both North and South America has benefitted from the diverse mixture of peoples – First Nations, European and other immigrants, and, of course, Africans who arrived in this hemisphere of the world in bondage. In the United States, jazz developed out of the African American experience and continues to this day to absorb and incorporate influences from all music styles. Brazil also had many forms emerge out of the Afro-Brazilian experience, with other influences blended in. It’s only natural, then, that when jazz and Brazilian music met, that they would influence each other. Today, SambaNoma will play some of the music we love deriving from that cross-pollination, selections from the mid-twentieth century through today.
SambaNoma is a collective of Sonoma County musicians and music educators united by their love of the infectious rhythms, sensual melodies, and lush harmonies of Brazilian music. SambaNoma’s members bring a wide array of performance experience and study in jazz and Brazilian styles such as bossa nova, samba, baião, xote, and frevo. Their music features an eclectic and dynamic mix of compositions, including works by Toninho Horta, Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, Antonio Carlos Jobim, as well as original music. SambaNoma has performed at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival’s Jazz Village, The Spirit Bar at the Hotel Healdsburg, Marin Country Mart, Occidental Center for the Arts, and at wineries and galas throughout the North Bay.
Ruth Ahlers – sax, Christian Foley-Beining – guitar, Jim Passarell – bass, Kendrick Freeman – drums
Friday, August 7
The Stephanie Ozer Quartet
will showcase an evening of familiar and contemporary Brazilian gems. The music will reflect and revisit other genres that inform the group’s collective musical experiences, including American jazz, classical, original, and jazz-inflected popular songs. This concert will be performed in quartet, duo, trio, and solo settings, utilizing the intimate streaming format to highlight the music’s textures and emotions.
Stephanie Ozer – piano, Bob Afifi – flute, Peter Barshay – bass, Kendrick Freeman – drums
Friday, August 14
Carlitos Medrano “Bridge to Havana”
Carlitos Medrano would like to introduce you to a truly Cuban cultural journey with an original repertoire that includes music from the genres of Danzon, Cha Cha Cha, Boleros, Rumba, Descarga, Son, Timba and Afro Cuban Jazz concert. He calls this new compilation “Bridge To Havana.” The Line up includes:
Carlitos Medrano – percussion, Sulkary Valverde – vocals, Julio Cesar de la Cruz – piano, Ernesto Mazar Kindelan – bass, Miguel Martinez – flute, Colin Douglas – drums, Michel Medrano – percussion