Healdsburg Jazz Festival 2015 Guide for Locals

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For a musical event that combines cross-cultural entertainment, a wide array of talented performers, and a unique opportunity to get young people and adults excited about jazz, nothing matches the annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival. Now in its 17th year, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival has garnered a national reputation for showcasing internationally acclaimed jazz performers and introducing new talent.

Tickets are still available for nine live events online hosted in various theaters, restaurants, wineries throughout Healdsburg. Set for May 29-June 7, this year’s theme, “Jazz and the Music of the Americas,” spotlights a host of high-profile Latin musicians, including:

  • Latin-Jazz giant Eddie Palmieri
  • “Nuevo Tango” master Pablo Ziegler
  • Brazil’s Luciana Souza Duo with Romero Lubambo
  • An enhanced Trio da Paz with NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron
  • The legendary George Cables Trio

With these and many more musical greats scheduled to perform, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival lives up to its billing as “the leading fesitval of its kind between San Francisco and Seattle.”

Casual Picnics to World-Class Dining

Source: Spoonbar

Dining in Healdsburg reflects the wide and varied tastes of international travelers to the Jazz Festival. Among the wide variety of dining choices Jazz Festival attendees can choose from are:

Healdsburg Bar and Grill – A family-friendly restaurant, famous for great burgers, truffle fries, and one-of-a-kind chicken and pecan waffle.

The Wurst Restaurant – Offering the finest sausages (like the savory Sheboygan brat), as well as burgers, artisan draft beers, and local wine.

Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar – A great place to hang out with fellow jazz afficionados and known for an ever-changing selection of fresh seafood, including crab cakes and barbecued oysters.

Costeaux Bakery – Celebrated for treats like cinnamon walnut bread and triple chocolate mousse cake, and winner of the Sweepstakes and Best of Show Awards for breads, cookies, and cakes from the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen – Headed by nationally acclaimed Chef Charlie Palmer, with a wide-ranging menu that includes Scallop En Croute with spring onion fondue and Liberty Duck Breast with Pinot Noir-braised cabbage, scarlet turnips, and pearl onions.

Spoonbar – Owned by Top Chef contestant Louis Maldonado, the menu features items like grilled quail and crispy pork belly, with such tasty desserts as apricot prune gateaux and served with critically acclaimed artisan cocktails.

Moustache Baked Goods – Healdsburg’s “go-to” place for crafted cupcakes (try the unique bacon cupcake or strawberry rhubarb cupcake).

Oakville Grocery – Featuring made-to-order sandwiches like turkey with provolone cheese, and desserts like chocolate and sea salt caramel—perfect for a wine country picnic.

Comfortable, Quality Lodging

Source: Charlie Palmer Group

Enjoy the 2015 Healdsburg Jazz Festival and choose your lodging from among an array of rustic inns, cozy B&Bs, luxury hotels, and quality vacation rentals. The bountiful list of places to stay includes:

Hotel Healdsburg – Beautifully appointed guest rooms, country gardens, pool and spa, and home to Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen.

H2 Hotel – Eco-chic rooms and suites in an airy, light-flooded space (a sister property to the Healdsburg Hotel).

Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza – A recently renovated classic California inn with the best location in town in the historic Healdsburg Plaza.

Hotel Les Mars, Relais & Chateaux – A 16-room hotel that’s Michelin recommended, Conde Nast Johansens recommended, and recipient of the 2014 Forbes Four-Star award.

Raford Inn Bed and Breakfast – An elegant 6-room Victorian historic landmark overlooking vineyards and towering palms.

Come for the dazzling array of gifted performers at the 2015 Healdsburg Jazz Festival and stay for luxury lodging and dining. This is wine country living on a high note!

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