Sonoma, CA — The Sonoma Jazz + Festival is extremely pleased to fill in the final open spot in the scheduling of 2009:  Sunday will see the festival closed by Northern California’s own Chris Isaak, in his only area appearance this summer.  He joins Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Thursday dance party), Joe Cocker and Keb’ Mo’ on Friday, Lyle Lovett & His Large Band with Shelby Lynne opening on Saturday, and Ziggy Marley will co-headlining with Chris on Sunday; it’s a monster double bill, but in fact Ziggy will close the show. 

            Combine all that with the traditional weekend Wine and Song events around the Plaza and an expanded SJ+ after-hours program of live music following the main stage concerts, and you’ve got a fantastic weekend to anticipate. Proceeds from Sonoma Jazz + enhance, promote and support local music programs in the Sonoma Valley schools, with over $400,000 raised to that end to date.  The festival is produced by Jazz Aspen Snowmass, now entering its 19th Year, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit institutions supporting world-class annual performance and education programming.  

            The Sonoma Jazz + Festival is pleased to recognize its sponsors:  the Hearthstone Group, Union Bank of California, Bay Area News Group, Comcast Spotlight, NBC-11, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance, and FIJI Water.  

            Tickets – which range from $30 general admission to $95 reserved, with no increase from 2008 – will go on sale in Sonoma in person only March 7th at the Sonoma Community Center on March 7th from 2pm to 5 pm.  Sonoma Jazz + will distribute a limited selection of premium reserved (center and side-center) tickets for the Friday – Sunday shows on a first-come, first-served basis.  Tickets to the general public will go on sale Monday, March 9th at 9 am Pacific at TIXX – 866 527 TIXX (8499), or through; also on a walk-in basis at Sonoma Valley Music.  Lodging and ticket packages are available at 800 914 7511 or

            Please also note that the Festival has added a special $15 ticket for patrons 15 years old and under for the Thursday night dance party. 

*Press release