“Love Letters”


7:00 PM

$35 – $75

Programmed by Jessica Felix


September 14, 2024

Love Letters

Emigrating to the US in 1985, Roni Ben-Hur was one of the first Israeli jazz musicians to make his mark in New York City, blending bebop, Brazilian rhythms, and Middle Eastern influences into a cohesive and captivating sound. His latest record, Jazz Love Letters, the latest masterpiece in his forty-plus year career of performing, composing, recording and teaching jazz, is said to be yet another testament why the guitarist is widely regarded as one of the jazz-elite.

Saturday September 14, 7:00 PM


For this West Coast tour, Ben-Hur is bringing from New York the outstanding trumpeter Freddie Hendrix and extraordinary bassist Harvie S and will join up with Sylvia Cuenca on drums. 

Ben-Hur remains a touchstone of classic style and swing…clean-toned, mellifluously melodic, but most importantly swinging, swinging, swinging.”    Andy Robson, Jazz 

While many of the compositions on Love Letters were written by giants such as Leonard Bernstein (“Lonely Town”), Benny Golson (“Fair Weather”), and Ben-Hur’s long-time mentor, the late, great Barry Harris (“To Dizzy with Love”), Ben-Hur once again showcases his formidable composing chops with four original compositions. With the Quartet on Love Letters, Ben-Hur creates an irresistible atmosphere of musical harmony and loving connection. Each of Ben-Hur’s compositions reflect an aspect of the love that has propelled the guitarist to ever greater heights in the life and in jazz. With “To Dizzy with Love,” he shares a memory of his friend Barry Harris with a buoyant rendition of a song they once played together at Birdland. In this interpretation we are treated to a joyous dance of swing and Caribbean rhythms. On “Seul `a Paris” (alone in Paris), Ben-Hur’s wistful strings and muted trumpet speak of what it is like to fly solo in the “City of Love.” With the composition, “Waiting for JH”, co-written with the late American pianist Chris Anderson,

Ben-Hur sends a “love letter” to the late Jim Harrison, one of the genre’s most indomitable advocates and promoters, who worked tirelessly for a “who’s who” in jazz. The voice of the unspeakable is heard in “The House that Yosef Built,” a love letter to Ben-Hur’s father. The tune evokes a rush of memories about the hardships his parents faced in their escape from Tunisia in the aftermath of World War II.  Guitar, bass and drum deftly lay a rhythmic foundation, and Jensen’s triumphant trumpet celebrates the family’s resilience and the sturdy house and home that Yosef Ben-Hur was determined to build for his family.

Love Letters concludes with Ben-Hur’s soulful instrumental interpretation of the Victor Young classic, “Love Letters.” Speaking from his heart, his eloquent guitar offer a final expression of love for jazz music, his extended jazz family, and for people everywhere. The song and this sensuous album remind us of a timeless truth. In the words of lyricist, Edward Heyman, “Love letters straight from the heart keep us so near while apart.”  

Guitarist Roni Ben-Hur is one of those gifted (some would say “annoying”) souls who make playing jazz sound effortless. His style is a study in economy and eloquence, yet his technical ability and dexterity are so impressive that he sometimes sounds like two guitarists. His excellent new album, Love Letters, will enhance his well-deserved first-call stature.– Terrell K. Holmes, New York Jazz Record

Roni Ben-Hur Quartet sponsored in part by Linda Hillel & Jon Eisenberg.


Roni Ben-Hur

Roni Ben-Hur



Harvie S

Harvie S



Freddie Hendrix

Freddie Hendrix



Sylvia Cuenca

Sylvia Cuenca




Things to Know

Our Venue

THE 222 is a small intimate venue. All seats are very good and have a clear view of the stage.

Seating for this concert is club style with round tables that seat four people. Seating will be assigned by the date of purchase, so the sooner you buy your tickets the closer you will be within the ticket level you purchase from.


222 Seating Plan

Priority seating available for members.

If you want to be seated with friends, the best thing is to buy the tickets together. If not, you can email us at and request to be seated with your friends. After they have their ticket confirmation, just let us know their names.

You will be assigned and escorted to a seat within the level of your purchase.

We are located at 222 Healdsburg Ave. Healdsburg, CA 95448 (707) 473-9152

Run Time

Approximately 90 minutes (no intermission) 


THE 222 is all on ground level. There are no steps. All facilities are ADA compliant. Public parking is available on the north side of the building and along Healdsburg Ave. and Center St.

Food & Beverage Services

Wine and beverage service is available at THE 222 through Grapeseed Wines. Please come early to make sure you have time to get a drink and be comfortably situated at your table before the event.

Complimentary wrapped chocolates are provided at your table for most events. 

No food service is currently provided.

Age Recommendation

We recommend this performance for ages 10 and up. Children under 5 are not admitted.

Content Advisory

This performance has no content advisory and is suitable for all audiences.

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