Zoom Presentations

Watch our Jazz History and Cultural Monthly Zoom Presentations.

Video Concerts

Watch our recorded video concerts like our MLK and Convergence concerts.

Live Streams

Watch recorded live stream Concerts from the Paul Mahder Gallery and other venues.

Playlists & Other

Listen to our hand-selected jazz playlist and other recorded content.

Zoom Presentations

Mike Clark & Lenny White:
Picking Up the Sticks

This presentation, Picking Up the Sticks. From Funk to Jazz to Funk took place on live on March 27, 2022, and is a freewheeling conversation between drummer Mike Clark, who is on hundreds of albums and has recorded with some of the most celebrated artists in the history of music including Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters in the 1970s, and fellow drum icon and music producer Lenny White, who recorded with Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, and Jaco Pastorius, to name a few.

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

Destiny Muhammad:
Harp Meets Jazz

This presentation hosted by Healdsburg Jazz 2022 Artist in Residence harpist Destiny Muhammad, on February 27, 2022, is an eclectic introspective on the Harp’s African Origins and the legacy of Alice Coltrane, Dorothy Ashby, among others, and Destiny’s and Younger’s own compositions. Special guest and IMPULSE Recording Artist and 2021 GRAMMY Nominee Brandee Younger joins Destiny in a spirited conversation about their collective journeys to composing, performing, and recording jazz harp.

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

The 2-hour presentation and discussion, hosted by Marcus Shelby with guest vocalist Terrie Odabi on January 9, 2022, features freedom songs, spirituals, rhythm and blues. And answers questions such as: What was the role of blues and swing during the civil rights movement? Who are some of the musicians who used their music to speak out on injustices? What were the freedom songs about?

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

The Legacy of 
John Coltrane

Featuring world-renowned tenor saxophonist, scholar, and composer Dr. Teodross Avery and the esteemed Church of John Coltrane led by Bishop F. W. King with Rev. Wanika Stephens, and Rev. Max Haqq, as well as Dr. Nicholas Baham, Dr. Pascal Bokar, and hosted by Marcus Shelby on September, 23, 2021.

The panel and host play and comment selected Coltrane recordings, discuss his life and career, and have a lively discussion on how he continues to influence musicians, composers, and artists in general today.

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

Helen Sung: Celebrating Women Composers

Replay of another monthly interactive class, Finding Your Voice: Celebrating Women Composers, presented by Helen Sung and hosted by Marcus Shelby on October 24, 2021.

Take a trip through musical time and space with jazz pianist/composer and 2021 Guggenheim Fellow Helen Sung as she shares selections from Quartet+ and shines a spotlight on women’s artistry.

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

Best of the West with Faye Carol, Katie Cavera, and Kenny Washington

Replay of the May 2021 presentation: Best of the West, featuring three of the headliners for our 23rd Healdsburg Jazz Festival (June, 17-20, 2021): Katie Cavera, The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, and Grammy-nominated Kenny Washington.

Artistic Director Marcus Shelby plays music from all of the featured artists and has an informative and lively conversation with our guests including their influences and the programs they will perform.

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

Marcus Shelby: The Legacy of Duke Ellington. Black, Brown, and Beige

Replay of the May 2021 presentation: Best of the West, featuring three of the headliners for our 23rd Healdsburg Jazz Festival (June, 17-20, 2021): Katie Cavera, The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, and Grammy-nominated Kenny Washington.

Artistic Director Marcus Shelby plays music from all of the featured artists and has an informative and lively conversation with our guests including their influences and the programs they will perform.

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

The Count Basie Orchestra: 85 Years and Still Swingin’!

Presented by Scotty Barnhart, with guests Clarence Banks and Will Matthews, on Sunday, March 28, 2021.

In this presentation and discussion, Mr. Barnhart will cover the biography of Count Basie and the development of his Orchestra along with many rare audio and video examples. Guest artists include trombonist Clarence Banks, who will talk about his time with Basie, and the discussion will continue with guitarist Will Matthews, who will talk about the importance of the rhythm section in the Orchestra’s trademark swinging beat.

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

Steve Turre: From Rahsaan Roland Kirk to McCoy Tyner

Replay of the February 2021 presentation with Steve Turre and guests Todd Barkan and James Carter.

In this two-hour presentation and discussion, trombonist, “seashellist,” composer, and educator Steve Turre curates music and discusses his long, illustrious career touring with many of the most notable musicians in the history of Jazz.

The presentation includes guests, world-renowned tenor saxophone master James Carter, and historic club owner and producer Todd Barkan of the famed Keystone Korner.

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

Marcus Shelby and Stella Heath: Harlem of the West

With guest artists John Handy and Sugar Pie DeSanto, presented by Marcus Shelby, Stella Heath, and Elizabeth Pepin Silva on Sunday, January 31, 2021.

The two-hour presentation and discussion covers the rich legacy and history of Black Music in San Francisco’s Fillmore District during the 1940 and 50s. The Fillmore was a swinging, integrated, and hopping neighborhood dotted with restaurants, pool halls, theaters, and shops — many minority-owned – boasting more than two dozen active nightclubs and music joints within its one square mile.

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

Stefon Harris and Joe Locke: Bobby Hutcherson – A Living Legacy

Presented by Stefon Harris and Joe Locke on Sunday, December 20, 2020. They highlight specific recordings and videos of Hutcherson’s music and have a lively discussion on the legacy and impact of his music and compositions on past and current generations. Special guests include bassist Buster Williams and pianist George Cables, two legendary musicians who performed and recorded many times with Bobby Hutcherson.

Bobby Hutcherson has joined the elite ranks of individuals who have created an inspirational vision that continues to help us imagine a more creative and empathetic world.

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

Joey DeFrancesco: Evolution of Jazz Organ

Presented by Joey DeFrancesco on November 22, 2020.

World-renowned organist Joey DeFrancesco discusses his 30+ years on the jazz scene, sharing his musical experiences as well as an extensive look at “Jazz Organ,” the music, the musicians, its history, and evolution.

Guest artists include drummer Billy Hart and tenor saxophonist Jerry Weldon. Both guests have performed and recorded with DeFrancesco and other master jazz organists over the years, including Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, and Trudy Pitts, to name a few.

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

Marc Cary: Abbey Lincoln and Moseka House

Presented by Marc Cary on October 18, 2020. Curated by Jessica Felix and Marcus Shelby, hosted by Marcus Shelby, produced by Healdsburg Jazz, and funded by a Creative Sonoma Cultural Arts Grant.

The presentation is about the life and work of jazz diva and activist Abbey Lincoln, presented by pianist and composer Marc Cary with guest artists Gary Bartz and Michael Bowie.

Moseka House was a physical home that Abbey Lincoln always wanted to build where musicians could come to feel safe and free. In this presentation, Marc Cary will be keeping this dream alive with her music and conversation about her dreams and her ongoing quest for freedom using her music and words for social change.

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

Dr. Michael White: The New Orleans Brass Band Tradition From the Streets to the World

Presented by Dr. Michael White on August 23, 2020. Curated by Jessica Felix and hosted by Marcus Shelby, produced by Healdsburg Jazz, and funded by a Creative Sonoma Cultural Arts Grant.

Dr. Michael White discusses the origins, musical style, functions, social significance, and evolution of the New Orleans brass band tradition, with music examples and demonstration on the clarinet. During the second half of the presentation, he is joined by two other important veteran figures in brass bands: trumpeter Gregg Stafford and (tuba) sousaphone player Bennie Pete, the leader of the Hot 8 Brass Band.

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

Billy Hart: The Evolution of Jazz Drumming

Presented by Billy Hart on July 19, 2020. Curated by Jessica Felix and hosted by Marcus Shelby, produced by Healdsburg Jazz, and funded by a Creative Sonoma Cultural Arts Grant.

Billy Hart’s presentation is informed by his wealth of experience and knowledge and offers the music lover and fan a rare opportunity to hear from a true master. He has lived (and taught) the history of this music.

Billy reflects on the history of jazz drumming using video, recordings, and storytelling and the historical connection of how contemporary jazz drummers influenced the art and culture of Black Music that led to the renaissance of young drummers today. His presentation also includes demonstration and performance on drums.

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

James Newton: The Life and Work of Charles Mingus

Presented by James Newton on July 19, 2020. Curated by Jessica Felix and hosted by Marcus Shelby, produced by Healdsburg Jazz, and funded by a Creative Sonoma Cultural Arts Grant.

James Newton, a world-renowned musician, composer, and educator, takes us on a journey through the life and work of Charles Mingus, one of the most original bandleaders ever.

Newton includes insights passed down from his mentors Buddy Collette, Red Callendar, and Danny Richmond and draws upon his direct experience as a member of the Mingus Dynasty band in the 1980s. This band included Craig Handy, a special guest during this presentation.

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

Sherry Keith and Ami Molinelli: Jazz and Samba

Presented by Ami Molinelli and Sherry Keith on May 2020. They explore the beginning of Bossa Nova following its arc through Brazil onto the world’s jazz music scene. We listen to the music of João Gilberto, Jobim, Baden Powell… We explore the intersection of Bossa Nova with West Coast Jazz in the late 1950s and early 60s and into the 21st Century as an enduring musical genre.

This presentation includes Professor Emeritus Sherry Keith, percussionist and educator Ami Molinelli, and special guest vocalist Claudia Villela, three-time Latin Grammy Nominee pianist and composer Jovino Santos Neto, and a special appearance by the jazz drummer legend Billy Hart.

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

Marcus Shelby: The Legacy of Duke Ellington

Presented by bassist, bandleader, and composer Marcus Shelby on April 26, 2020. Curated by Jessica Felix and hosted by Marcus Shelby, produced by Healdsburg Jazz, and funded by a Creative Sonoma Cultural Arts Grant.

Marcus Shelby leads an interactive discussion, including recordings and videos about the music, bands, musicians, influences, records, and cultural significance of Duke Ellington. This presentation features special solo performances by poet Enid Pickett, bandleader, composer, and vocalist Tiffany Austin, and a discussion with scholar, bandleader, drummer, and composer Anthony Brown.

Free for HBGJAZZ Members.

Videos and Performances

Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

A conversation honoring Maya Angelou and her “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, a book many say is the best of five autobiographical volumes the gifted African American author wrote.

With our Poet Laureate Enid Pickett and guests Sabryyah Abdullah, local KWTF radio host and Healdsburg Jazz Member; Dr. Michael Hale, Santa Rosa Junior College English Professor; Skylaer Palacios, Healdsburg Council Member; Carlton Page, author of two books; and Nancy Pritchard, Healdsburg Jazz Member & Choir Member.

Convergence, by Artist in Residence Tammy L. Hall

Convergence is a jazz concert and a dramatization celebrating Women’s History Month 2021. This unique project was created and conceived by our Artist in Residence Tammy L. Hall, featuring pianists Victoria Theodore and Tammy in an imagined musical conversation between legends Nina Simone and Mary Lou Williams.

Tammy L. Hall and Victoria Theodore are accompanied by Sylvia Cuenca on drums and Ruth Davies on bass, and with actress and Spoken Word artist RyanNicole, who narrates the story of a fictitious meeting in a hotel lobby between these two iconic pianists.

Martin Luther King: Through the Eyes of Children

One hour of music and spoken word inspired by and dedicated to the legacy of MLK and the music of the Civil Rights Movement.

This video concert features vocalists Kim Nalley and Tiffany Austin, who have each championed freedom songs and black liberation music their entire careers. Pianist Tammy Lynn Hall performs her original arrangement of “We Shall Overcome” and poet Enid Pickett, her commissioned poem “118 Days.” Youth Poet Selma Asantewa Apara performs “On the Importance of Jazz.” Other musicians include drummer Genius Wesley and bassist Marcus Shelby.

2020 Virtual Gala Fundraiser

In our 2020 Virtual Gala Fundraiser, friends of Healdsburg Jazz and music lovers had the opportunity to meet the new Artistic Director Marcus Shelby, and learn about his vision for the next generation of Healdsburg Jazz.

The enjoyable evening was full of performances by Marcus Shelby, Tiffany Austin, Mónica María, Enid Pickett, and Tammy Hall. There was an opportunity to hear from the community leaders Carrie Brown, Gina Gallo and Circe Sher. You will learn about Healdsburg Jazz’s two decades of educational programs for children and adults in our community. Part of the Gala included a fund-a-need for Education and our virtual Auction.

2021 Educational Programs Overview

Healdsburg Jazz is a 23-year-old music, education, and performance non-profit, with an emphasis on bringing America’s indigenous music art form of jazz to greater public appreciation.

Listen to Marcus Shelby, our new Artistic Director, talk about Educational Programming, and hear from some of our students and families.

Live from the Paul Mahder Gallery 

Romero Lubambo and Claudia Villela

A powerhouse of Brazilian bossa nova jazz, guitarist Romero Lubambo and vocalist Claudia Villela are a virtuoso pair. He is renowned for his distinctive sound as one of the preeminent figures in Brazilian jazz guitar, and she for her five-octave range and creative stylings. Together, they have been hailed as the most brilliant expression of Brazilian music in the United States today.

This concert was presented by Healdsburg Jazz at the Paul Mahder Gallery, streamed live on September 18, 2020.

Cosa Nostra Strings

The Eclectic, genre-bending chamber ensemble Cosa Nostra Strings is a band of musical misfits who find common ground among classical and chamber music, metal, hip hop, R&B, jazz, drum & bass, and EDM. The ensemble has honed its singular sound through collaboration and regular performance will perform all original music composed by each member of the band. Featuring Shaina Evoniuk – violin, Keith Lawrence – viola and vocals, Lewis Pazner – cello, Aaron Kierbel – multi-percussionist, Adam Theis – bass and trombone.

This concert was presented by Healdsburg Jazz at the Paul Mahder Gallery, streamed live on September 11, 2020.

Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira

This special concert with vocalist Sandy Cressman, Jeff Cressman, and her band Homenagem Brasileira celebrates the music of great Brazilian composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil, and João Bosco, and includes selections from her latest album “Entre Amigos”. With Sandy Cressman – vocals and percussion, Jeff Cressman – trombone, Murray Low – piano, David Belove – bass, Dillon Vado – drums

This concert was presented by Healdsburg Jazz at the Paul Mahder Gallery, streamed live on September 4, 2020.

Adam Shulman Trio Featuring Kenny Washington

The Adam Shulman Trio features Kenny Washington on vocals with some of the Bay’s pre-eminent jazz musicians joining forces to present a night of tunes from the Great American Songbook and beyond. The backing trio consists of eminently supportive yet interactive players. Everyone in the band has been stuck at home with little outlet for their creativity. Come witness them unleash! Adam Shulman – piano, Kenny Washington – vocals, Ron Belcher – bass, Jeff Marrs – drums.

This concert was presented by Healdsburg Jazz at the Paul Mahder Gallery, streamed live on August 28, 2020.

Carlitos Medrano “Bridge to Havana”

Medrano introduces you to a truly Cuban cultural journey with an original repertoire that includes music from the genres of Danzón, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero, Rumba, Descarga, Son, Timba and Afro Cuban Jazz. He calls this new compilation “Bridge To Havana.” The Lineup includes: Carlitos Medrano – percussion, Sulkary Valverde – vocals, Julio César de la Cruz – piano, Ernesto Mazar Kindelan – bass, Galen Green – Sax & Flute, Colin Douglas – drums, Michel Medrano – percussion.

This concert was presented by Healdsburg Jazz at the Paul Mahder Gallery, streamed live on August 14, 2020.

Stephanie Ozer Trio

The Stephanie Ozer Trio showcases an evening of familiar and contemporary Brazilian gems. The music reflects and revisits other genres that inform the group’s collective musical experiences, including American jazz, classical, original, and jazz-inflected popular songs. This concert is performed in duo, trio, and solo settings, utilizing the intimate streaming format to highlight the music’s textures and emotions. Stephanie Ozer – piano, Peter Barshay – bass, Kendrick Freeman – drums

This concert was presented by Healdsburg Jazz at the Paul Mahder Gallery, streamed live on August 7, 2020.

SambaNoma

SambaNoma – In 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. SambaNoma plays some of the music we love deriving from that cross-pollination, selections from the mid-twentieth century through today. Ruth Ahlers – sax, Christian Foley-Beining – guitar, Jim Passarell – bass, Kendrick Freeman – drums

This concert was presented by Healdsburg Jazz at the Paul Mahder Gallery, streamed live on July 31, 2020.

Ricardo Peixoto Trio

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. Enjoy these wonderful musicians as they explore a diverse mix of musical material with great arrangements and spontaneous improvisations. Ricardo Peixoto – guitar, Marcos Silva – piano, Aaron Germain – bass

This concert was presented by Healdsburg Jazz at the Paul Mahder Gallery, streamed live on July 24, 2020.

Lorca Hart ‘Bridges’ Quartet

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

This concert was presented by Healdsburg Jazz at the Paul Mahder Gallery, streamed live on July 17, 2020.

Rhonda Benin ‘Withers to Wonders”

Vocalist Rhonda Benin brings 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.” Joining Rhonda are: Glen Pearson – piano, Alcide Marshall – drums, Ron Belcher – bass, and Geechi Taylor – trumpet.

This concert was presented by Healdsburg Jazz at the Paul Mahder Gallery, streamed live on July 3, 2020.