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On Saturday, September 26, Healdsburg Jazz presents the world premiere of Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain and Julian Lage playing together as a trio for the first time, to be streamed live around the world. Each musician will be driving to the intimate wine country town in Northern California for this extraordinary real-time live show. Saxophonist/flautist Charles ...
Singing since the age of eight, Stella feels wholly blessed to be able to express herself through music and song, and to carry forth the torch of Jazz Music from greats such as Billie Holiday. She grew up in the North San Francisco Bay Area, steeped in her mother’s eclectic music collection; some of her early musical influences were Louis Armstrong, Edith Piaf, Buena Vista Social Club, Billie Holiday, Tom Waits, Bod Dylan and Ella Fitzgerald. Her education was primarily in Acting at Interlochen Arts Academy and Syracuse University, where she received a degree in classical acting and cultural geography
I was born into the sort of family that made me want to stay by myself in my room practicing guitar & writing songs. Somehow I developed this mindset where I felt drawn to the surreal/abstract so I gravitated to music that that was that way (psychedelic, Hendrix, Doors, Beatles, etc.) I began studying jazz and as I progressed through bebop, hard bop, modal and into the 'avant garde' or free jazz I began to absorb these genres and developed my own musical approach. I did put together musical units mostly in LA, and where I currently reside - the San Francisco Bay Area that did attract some attention and this is what I am continuing to do to this day.
A talented artist in several fields, Ricki designs custom jewelry, has performed in community theater and as a professional Middle Eastern dancer at various restaurants in San Francisco. She was part of the dance troupe, "Dream Dancers", and co-choreographed many of their dances. Ricki discovered jazz in high school and loved singing along to the music. She's kept her interest in jazz alive since then, and in her 60's, rekindled her interest in singing and now performs as a soloist with her instrumental trio at local restaurants. She is also a founding/emeritus member of the vintage vocal jazz group "Lovin' Harmony" and performed with them for many years at local venues. When she's not singing, Ricki works as both a personal coach, and a jewelry designer.
The history of jazz is strewn with brilliant players who have inexplicably eluded widespread recognition, flying under the radar of labels, journalists, and fans. But guitarist David Haskell’s stealth status over the past two decades isn’t hard to explain. He’s spent most of that time on the move as a commercial pilot, fulfilling a dream that took root as a child, about the same time he became enamored with the guitar. Before Haskell took to the air as a profession, he was a widely respected improviser at the center of the San Francisco jazz scene, a versatile, blues-drenched player often heard as a sideman and bandleader at high profile venues like Keystone Korner. Now that he’s hung up his wings, Haskell is once again making waves on the Bay Area scene, working with a superlative band
Dorian May’s piano artistry shapes together classic, modern and Latin jazz with Bach harmony, world and poly rhythms and he is equally at home in world music and classical music as he is with hard-swinging bebop, Cuban Salsa and down-home blues. At his shows you may hear anything from classical to TV/movie themes, children’s tunes, traditional jazz, folk songs to Cuban boleros. His diverse collection of influences include a degree in classical piano performance, keyboardist in a touring Emerson, Lake & Palmer tribute band, high-school band director, world percussionist/accompanist at world music and jazz festivals and currently leader & arranger for several Mendocino and Sonoma-county based jazz and Latin bands. When not performing, practicing or teaching he is working on his own unique improvisational system based on George Russell’s Lydian chromatic concept, which he hopes to publish in the near future. The Dorian May Trio includes Dorothea, his wife, on upright bass and veteran coastal drummer Tom Rickard.
A native of Berkeley, California, Bennett Friedman is Director of Jazz Studies at SRJC, where he has taught full-time since 1977. Bennett has been a professional woodwind player for many years, performing with artists such as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, and many others. He has written commissioned works for the University of California Bands, many colleges, and the National Association of Jazz Educators. His arrangements and compositions are published by the University of Northern Colorado Press, and he is the recipient of a grant for jazz composition from the National Endowment for the Arts
Chip Boaz plays Latin Jazz with the bass on top. Six string bass highs and lows form the foundation for your musical experience. Melodic bass solos glide through a sea of Afro-Cuban rhythms and electronic sounds. Strong bass lines anchor contemporary sounds in the landscape of both Afro-Cuban and Jazz traditions. Infectious grooves inspire your feet to dance and your ears to listen a little closer. It's Latin Jazz with an emphasis on the low end, created to move you! Chip built the foundation for his musical explorations through early years of academic study. Chip’s teenage life was spent in high school bands and at-home garage bands, which inspired him to turn his passion for performance into a career