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Gene Harris Jazz Festival

Gene Harris Jazz Fest

Twenty-One Years of Jazz

Join us Wednesday-Friday, April 4-6, 2018 for the 21st Annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival. For two decades, the Gene Harris Jazz Festival has brought world-class music to the Boise community with a mission of inspiring, educating, and entertaining listeners of all ages. The festival is proud to support local music, community partnerships, and student education. Since 1996, the Gene Harris Endowment has provided scholarships for jazz music students at Boise State University to perpetuate a love of learning and a passion for jazz.

Headline Instrumental Artist for 2018
John Daversa (Miami) – JD Small Band and Gene Harris Super Band leader.

Headline Vocal Jazz Artist for 2018
Rosana Eckert (Texas) – Headline Vocal Artist.

Artists-Clinicians for 2018
David Barduhn (Oregon) – Voice
Linda Schmidt (Idaho) – Voice
Zane Carney (Los Angeles) – Guitar
Joe Bagg (Los Angeles) – Piano/Organ
Jerry Watts (Los Angeles) – Bass
Gene Coye (Los Angeles) – Drums
Katisse Buckingham (Los Angeles) – Reeds
Jeff Driskill (Los Angeles) – Reeds
Paul Young (Los Angeles) – Trombone
Bijon Watson (Boston) – Trumpet
Jared Hall Quintet (Seattle) – Ensemble
The Le Boeuf Brothers (New York) – Ensemble



A Community Celebration

Outdoor Jazz Ensemble Concert, WSThe Gene Harris Jazz Festival is a piece of Boise’s proud culture, bringing a love of music to the university, downtown and throughout the Treasure Valley. This year, music venues include the Morrison Center, Egyptian Theater, JUMP and Berryhill & Co. It’s a chance to enjoy Boise’s nightlife while listening to some of the most talented jazz musicians around. The festival has brought artists such as Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis, Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Kevin Eubanks and many more. The ongoing goal of the Gene Harris Jazz Festival is to better serve the jazz community and all of the elements that are a part of it, including; great public jazz concerts, a wide range of educational experiences for students of jazz and furthering the growth of the Gene Harris Endowment.