Saturday Night at the Raven
This triple bill presents a stellar program of veteran jazz masters, artists who have helped shape the course of the music for half a century. Like just about every artist performing at Healdsburg this year, they are generously donating their talents to ensure the festival's future.
Whether Denny Zeitlin is guiding patients in his psychiatric practice or radically reinventing standards
in his impassioned solo recitals, the pianist seeks a similar state of selfless communion. Zeitlin, has released a
series of thrilling solo albums that capture his imaginative flights.
A Healdsburg favorite who helped make the festival a major creative event from the beginning, John Heard is a bassist's
bassist who has collaborated with a staggering array of jazz giants. With his huge, round sound and unerring sense of swing, he's appeared on more than 150 albums. His trio features the versatile pianist Andy Langham and drummer Lorca Hart, a highly sensitive drummer and HJF regular who has established himself as an essential part of the California jazz scene.
At the forefront of the jazz's progressive mainstream for 40 years, pianist George Cables has been a Healdsburg mainstay since the beginning. Equally admired as a composer, he possesses a touch and harmonic conception unrivaled for beauty. Vibraphone legend Bobby Hutcherson has captivated jazz audiences since the mid-1960s, when
his recordings for Blue Note established him as one of the era's most adventurous improvisers and composers. Bobby
Watson first made a striking impression in Art Blakey's mid-1970s Jazz Messengers, and he's brilliantly carried the bluesy post-bop banner ever since.
Berkeley-raised tenor saxophonist Craig Handy wields a big muscular sound that has made him an essential member of the acclaimed Mingus Big Band. Trumpeter David Weiss is a post-bop specialist who has contributed numerous original works to the highly respected New Jazz Composers Octet.
Among jazz's busiest accompanists, bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Victor Lewis have performed on hundreds of recordings. Their presence on any bandstand assures that the music will be swinging fiercely.
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