With Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving looming, it seems the absolute wrong time to think about summer jazz festivals. Let’s do it anyway with updates from two of the region’s best.
It’s been a fast six weeks since the 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival but it’s worth noting two recent developments from that organization.
The festival announced that drummer Eric Harland will serve as 2014’s Artist-in-Residence. That means Harland will not only be seemingly everywhere at once at the gathering next September but will be featured at the Next Generation Festival, set for March 28-30. That event includes performances by middle school through college level ensembles as well as various competitions with awards going to the top groups.
Monterey also named Andrew T. Sudol as the festival’s development director. He brings more than a decade of fund-raising experience to the gig, having held development positions at the California Institute of Technology, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, and University of California, Los Angeles. Suffice it to say, all jazz fans wish him the greatest success in generating additional funding for Monterey.
Festival No. 2 is Healdsburg. As noted in an earlier post, the organization is seeking to generate $20,000 through an Indiegogo campaign to defray costs for “Celebrating the Blues,” the centerpiece of June’s festival featuring Charlie Musselwhite, Joshua Redman and John Santos. With about 15 hours to go, the festival has raised $8,420. It’s not too late to help, so take a moment and visit the website.
The festival’s wine club also has announced its initial shipment. Here are the details.
Our Healdsburg Jazz & Wine Club inaugural Club Sampler – coming this December – includes two wines from the owners' cellar: Alysian 2009 Floodgate Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Chardonnay is showing buttery rich maturity with notes of pear and butterscotch, and the Pinot Noir is elegant with blackberry and green tea impressions. Both are sold out at the winery – so a Club exclusive. Join the Healdsburg Jazz & Wine Club: drink wine and support jazz.
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