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News and notes: Hargrove returns in August, Healdsburg kicks off this week

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Roy Hargrove’s early spring residency at Yoshi’s in San Francisco needed to be postponed due to health issues. Word this afternoon is that the trumpet great will perform his string of shows in late summer, August 27-30 to be precise. Tickets are now on sale.

The 16th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival gets under way on Friday and it’s garnering a little love from To wit:

It’s no longer a well-kept secret that the Northern California town of Healdsburg holds one of the finest small jazz festivals in the nation. Tucked into the picturesque vineyards of Dry Creek, Alexander Valley and Russian River in Sonoma County, Healdsburg welcomes a diverse array of internationally acclaimed and locally prominent musicians every summer, scattering performances around restaurants, hotel lobbies, small theaters and winery grounds, usually over the course of ten days. With two weekends of prime time performances and a week of engaging jazz related activities in-between, the 2014 festival gets underway this weekend, with music and more.

There is another Northern California blues series to talk about. Blues on the Patio gets under way Sunday at the Lions Gate Hotel in North Highlands. Tickets are just $15 a show. Here’s the lowdown.

June 1: Rick Estrin
June 28: Jeramy Norris and Big Earl
August 2: Ms. Arbess Williams
August 30: Chris Cain
September 27: Laurie Morvan

Finally, let me encourage everyone to run not walk to your nearest newsstand to pick up the latest issue of Downbeat with Brian Blade on the cover. Toward the back under the Jazz on Campus heading you will find my report on the Monk Institute All-Star Jazz Sextet’s recent visit to Northern California.

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