Mission Statement: Healdsburg Jazz stimulates interest in and promotes awareness and appreciation of jazz by facilitating cross-cultural interaction, providing performance opportunities, and educating young people and adults about the important role of jazz as an indigenous American art form.
About Healdsburg Jazz
The Healdsburg Jazz Festival, a celebration of the indigenous American art form known as Jazz, has become a favorite local tradition with a growing national reputation. This festival of performances by world-renowned musicians in diverse beautiful Sonoma County settings has grown over the past two decades into one of the North Bay’s most celebrated annual musical events.
In addition to the annual Festival, Healdsburg Jazz sponsors numerous in-person free music education programs in Healdsburg and Geyserville area schools for primary and secondary school students, as well as for adults.
About Healdsburg Jazz Educational Programs
Since the organization’s founding 23 years ago, education has been at its core. With music education eliminated from public schools, Healdsburg Jazz continues to meet this need. We know music and academic performance go hand in hand. Each year we typically reach thousands of students. Over half the population in our area schools qualify for free school lunch and/or are considered low moderate income.
In 2019 Healdsburg Jazz hosted or co-hosted 120 jazz performances and music-related events, 75% of them completely free of charge; and it served about 2,000 children in our community. A real tour de force of #Jazz #Education and #Community. In 2020 the organization adapted to the limitations of the pandemic, with 85% of the events completely free, and around 4,000 attendees in our virtual events throughout the year.
As we head into 2021, we will continue to offer virtual programming and we are planning for live educational opportunities too. We plan to reach thousands of students through our programs.