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The Gene Harris SuperBand

Headline Concert

Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.

In the mid-1980s, the corporation Philip Morris established a grant program in part intended to create a series of “Superband” concert tours that would bring the biggest names in jazz to the world stage.  Gene Harris was added to the group in 1988, and soon became the touring group’s leader.  Initally, these bands were smaller quartets, quintets, and sextets, but in 1989 Philip Morris decided it was time for a true big band, once again with Gene as the pianist and conductor.  The tour began with a live-recorded concert at the Town Hall in New York City, and continued on to 14 countries (including a memorable stop in East Germany on exactly the day that the Berlin Wall came down).   In 1990 another tour was put together, this time with Ray Charles and B.B. King as the headliners, followed by one final trip around the world the next year.  In the course of their work, the big band released two albums and featured among their ranks Slide Hampton, James Moody, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, James Morrison, and many more incredible musicians!

This year, the Super Band will be led by guest artist, John Daversa and will feature his original music and arrangements!  The band will also feature his Small-Band members, as well as some special guest members from his Los Angeles based Big Band!  Rounding out the ensemble will be local professionals and Boise State Faculty members.  This ensemble will have an open dress-rehearsal on the day of the concert.  This informative session will include annotations and comments from John Daversa as he rehearses for the show!

Members of the Band this year will include:

*John Driscoll
*Remy LeBoeuf
*Katisse Buckingham
+Rodney Zuroveste
**TJ Eriksen

Double Reeds
Kimberly Everett Ganong
Patty Katucky

*Bijon Watson
+Derek Ganong
*Jared Hall
+John Kilgore
*John Daversa

*Paul Young
Luke Strother
George Turner
**Dan Howard

Rhythm Section
*Zane Carney
*Gene Coye
*Jerry Watts
*Joe Bagg

* 2017 GHJF Adjudicators/Clinicians
** Boise State Alumni
+ Current Boise State Faculty