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East meets West at Healdsburg festival's "Common Ground" workshop

Charles Lloyd
Charles Lloyd
Charles Lloyd

The 16th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival is just two weeks away and there is, suffice it to say, all manner of marquee names and innovative performance formats on the schedule.
Topping the list is the two-day Celebrating the Blues bash featuring Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop, Guy Davis, John Santos and Joshua Redman. And let’s not forget Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes, Marc Cary and Ron Carter.
That said, one of Healdsburg’s defining characteristics is its smaller, more intimate events. Davis is set to play a blues brunch concert at an area winery, the Kai Devitt-Lee Trio headlines a jazz and wine event at Dry Creek Kitchen, and there’s even a jazz movie night with archivist Marc Cantor.
One more item to add to Healdsburg’s schedule is “Common Ground,” a free interactive workshop for K-12 students set for 11 a.m. June 8 at the Raven Theater. Here is the lowdown.

A great friend of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, saxophone sage Charles Lloyd returns in collaboration with tabla legend Zakir Hussain and dancer Antonia Minnecola to present a free interactive workshop geared for youth.
Participating youth will enjoy an afternoon of cultural exploration and musical performance that will introduce them to two genres of music and the diverse traditions – one Eastern, one Western – from which they emerged. “Common Ground” will broaden youths’ cultural experience and strengthen their understanding of the value of diversity.
“Common Ground” represents an innovative addition to Healdsburg Jazz’s ongoing music education efforts. The organization from its inception has committed significant resources to conceiving and implementing school- and community-based education programs that expose youth and adults to the indigenous American art form of jazz.

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