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Celebrating the jazz art form in Sonoma County for 21 years!

Dr. Michael Whites Original Liberty Jazz Band
Raven Performing Arts Theater
Healdsburg, CA
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Dr. Michael Whites Original Liberty Jazz Band
New Orleans clarinetist Dr. Michael White frequently states that his mission is to preserve the traditional music of his home city, which is generally said to be the birthplace of jazz. But preserve doesnt really do his music justice because the traditional music he and his seven-piece Original Liberty Jazz Band play is thoroughly alive. It is not updated either in the mode of modern players who might deign to fancifully revisit ancient relics. Dr. White plays the tunes the way he has actually heard people from that era play them, because some were still alive back in the 70s when he began exploring the music. In fact, some of these artists played in the earliest incarnation of the Original Liberty Band, which Dr. White formed in 1981. More significantly, he plays the tunes the way he feels them, and encourages his bandmates to do the same. Even though the songs are 100 years old, they sound completely fresh. As a result, the Original Liberty Band has become the most revered New Orleans outfit playing this music.


Opening our New Orleans finale will be the popular local group the Russian River Ramblers. Nobody would confuse Sonoma County with New Orleans, but they do share a couple of attributes. One is public resilience in the aftermath of a natural disaster. The other is . . .  alcohol. Not many know it but the Russian River Ramblers, a popular local trad jazz band that has played the Healdsburg Jazz Festival many times, has an intimate connection with wine country. Thats because the bands ebullient banjo player Dave Stare is the founder of Dry Creek Vineyard, one of the major vintners in the county.

Retired since 2006, Dave built the vineyard with a maverick sensibility and acute attention to detail  characteristics that carry over to his musicianship. To make great wine you have to know how to syncopate, and thats what traditional jazz is all about, too. Featuring Steve Schaffer and Mark Lightner on trumpet, Charles Moeller on clarinet, John Ray on trombone, Carl Eltz on tuba, Joel Hernandez on guitar, Peter Martin on piano and Dave on banjo, the Russian River Ramblers are a great vintage, and quite intoxicating.


Raven Performing Arts Theater (View)
115 North Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
United States


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Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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