Healdsburg Jazz operates the only authentic jazz festival north of the Golden Gate Bridge, in the process offering Northern California fans the opportunity to hear the genre’s biggest names in a wine country setting that simply cannot be beat.
Suffice it to say, securing the funding needed to present high-quality artists in a locale far removed from jazz’s urban audience base is no mean feat.
Fortunately, artistic director Jessica Felix and her board are nothing if not innovative. As I posted a few weeks back, the organization has initiated a campaign through Indiegogo, a crowd-funding website, to generate the cash needed to present “Celebrating the Blues.” The two-day event, which will anchor June’s festival, features local blues legend Charlie Musselwhite collaborating sax star Joshua Redman and Latin jazz maestro John Santos.
With two weeks remaining, the campaign has raised a bit more than one-third of the targeted $20,000. Click here for more information on this vital event and to find out how you can help.
The organization has a more conventional fund-raising event set for November 20.
Healdsburg Jazz is partnering with the acclaimed Madrona Manor and its Michelin-starred chef, Jesse Mallgren, to celebrate the life and music of the Chairman of the Board, the Voice, Ol’ Blue Eyes himself – Francis Albert Sinatra.
John DeMers (above) brings his amazingly evocative voice to Healdsburg for this special fund-raising event. Cocktail attire is requested. Gather at 5:30 on the Madrona Manor garden terrace for wine, hors d’oeuvres and music, then move into the Manor’s elegant restaurant for a scrumptious supper. After dinner, return to the terrace for dessert and dancing, and relive the sounds of Sinatra.
Tickets are $150 per person. Table reservations are available for groups of 6-10.
I am a huge Sinatra fan. Indeed, there was a time 20 years ago when one Bay Area AM station (KABL?) aired “Sundays with Sinatra,” a syndicated program out of Philadelphia hosted by Sid Mark, that I tuned in weekly. Click here to learn more.
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