The lawn at Rodney Strong Vineyards is not a somber place, and yet it’s the annual site of the end of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, when the two weeks of world-class jazz comes to an end.
Except it doesn’t really end. Throughout the calendar year, the indefatigable organization presents one-off shows of worthy jazz—and one of the best, to my mind, was Oliver Lake’s Trio 3 raising a holy sound inside the intimate confines of Flying Goat Coffee in 2009.
Lake returns to Healdsburg this week in a unique solo show: he’ll be playing saxophone and flute as well as reciting poetry while surrounded by an art exhibit of his own paintings at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts. Just how much can a guy do with one saxophone? If you’ve heard Lake’s recordings with the World Saxophone Quartet, you know that the answer is a hell of a lot.
Complementing Lake’s own artwork are pieces by other artists, inspired by the music and life of jazz. Catch the man in action in two shows on Sunday, June 29, at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts. 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg. 7pm and 9pm. $20. 707.433.4633.