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Boise Jazz Society Announces 2012-2013 Season

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 11:36 am / September 13, 2012

Boise Jazz Society, a community engagement partnership between Boise State University and the Boise community, is pleased to announce the 2012-13 subscription series of concerts.

Now in its sixth year, the Boise Jazz Society continues to offer a diversity of jazz styles (swing, bop, Latin and post-modern) featuring world-class jazz artists presented in the intimate confines of the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, which was designed for careful listening.

During the evening concerts, the academy lobby is converted into a jazz club called “Esther’s Place.” The lobby is furnished with cocktail table and concert seating, staging and lighting and a no-host adult-beverage bar. Snacks and free parking are provided by Boise Jazz Society.

All of the 2012-13 series artists hail from New York City, supporting this year’s Boise Jazz Society theme: “Hear New York City Jazz Right Here in Boise.” They include:

Modern Mainstream Swing with the Eric Alexander Quartet featuring iconic pianist Harold Mabern, Oct. 7

Eric Alexander has forged a reputation as one of the leading jazz voices of his generation who, with his brawny tone, brings a classic quartet of swinging energy. Alexander plays the tenor saxophone with a decidedly assertive temperament and style, while possessing a truly unique voice within this illustrious jazz tradition. He is widely regarded as one of the top saxophonists in the world.

Authentic Brazilian Jazz with Mozik, Dec. 9

Co-led by keyboardist Gilson Schachnik and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli, Mozik’s recent CD features the fusion-tinged Brazilian jazz, classic Antonio Carlos Jobim pieces and modern jazz standards from Thelonious Monk to Herbie Hancock.

Exquisite Artistry, Elegant Music with the Fred Hersch Trio, Feb. 24

Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine as, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader and theatrical conceptualist, as well as remaining an in-demand collaborator with other noted bandleaders and vocalists.

Classic Carlyle Pianist-Vocalist with the Loston Harris Trio featuring Ron Affif, April 14

His piano playing has been described as “percussive” and “incredibly fluid.” His vocals noted as “suave.” And Loston Harris himself will tell you he has worked hard during his short career. But knows he has been blessed with the opportunities and open doors to play the music closest to his heart, jazz.

Boise Jazz Society ticket pricing continues to be based solely on artist fees plus local production costs, with major support coming from Boise State’s Department of Music, College of Arts and Sciences and Hotel 43. Collaborating with Boise State music professor Mike Samball a 13-member Boise community board provides logistical, artistic and educational direction for the organization. Patrons automatically become members of the Boise Jazz Society when they purchase the season subscription of concerts.

The Boise Jazz Society supports jazz education and presents a free Boise Community Jazz Symposium at 4 p.m. on the afternoon of each concert. During these “inform-ances” (music, conversation and an interchange of ideas in a convivial atmosphere) participants meet, hear and interact with the series artists, gaining insight into their music and a deeper understanding of jazz. BJS artists also are featured at a yearly series of Boise State Jazz Residencies comprising informal concerts for students, jazz clinics and master classes. The residency events are free to students and the public and are held in the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Artist information, concert dates, audio samples, and membership and ticketing packages and discounts are available at www.boisejazzsociety.org.