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Gene Harris Jazz Festival Celebrates 20 Years of World-Class Jazz

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 12:11 pm / March 13, 2017

Gene Harris Jazz Festival

For 20 years, the Gene Harris Jazz Festival has honored the life and music of one of Boise’s most beloved artists with the largest celebration of jazz music in the Treasure Valley. The tradition continues April 5-7, as the festival celebrates two decades of bringing world-class jazz music to a local audience with a mission of inspiring, educating and entertaining listeners of all ages.

The festival’s 7:30 p.m. April 7 headline act at the Morrison Center is Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, possibly the most exciting big band in the world today, and featuring high-energy music played by some of the best musicians in Los Angeles. The concert also will feature special guest Curtis Stigers, one of Boise’s most successful musicians. Other acts at the April 6 Club Night include Canadian trumpeter and singer Bria Skonberg, one of the hottest young voices in jazz; hometown stars like Chuck Smith and Sandon Mayhew; and back by popular demand, the soulful Tony Monaco on the Hammond B3 organ.

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The Gene Harris Jazz Festival is proud to support local music and community partnerships, and host one of Idaho’s biggest events in arts education by bringing in 1,500 students from three states to appreciate the nuances of jazz for themselves. Since 1999, a portion of profits from the festival have contributed to the Gene Harris Endowment, which provides scholarships for music students at Boise State University to perpetuate a love of learning and a passion for jazz.

The festival would like to thank its generous sponsors who help to meet its mission: Jeker Foundation, Zions Bank, Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts and Dunkley Music, among others.