Tuesday, 18 June 2013
The Boise Jazz Society is five years old and growing like a kid. We had quite a Fall '11 with John Beasley's band, Positootly! and the very energetic Grace Kelly Quintet. We present our first Jazz-Extra featuring the Bill Anschell-Madeline Eastman Duo, this Friday, December 2nd, 7 pm, at the Boise Blue Note. The JazzTimes says this about the two of them: "No matter where Anschell plays on the keyboard, he sounds like no other pianist." ~ "She's an inveterately unpredictable traveler who never fails to take us to magical places." The duo will also present a free, afternoon student Informance, 3:40 pm, in BSU's Morrison Center Recital Hall. The public is invited to this informal performance followed by a Q/A session.
But, we're just getting started--check out the BJS artist lineup of concerts, symposia, and residency activities for Spring 2012.
Harry Allen brings his swinging, NYC quartet to Boise on Sunday and Monday, January 22 & 23rd. He will be featuring the wonderful Italian, stride pianist, Rossano Sportiello, along with great time-keepers bassist Joel Forbes and drummer Chuck Riggs. The last time Harry's group played for us, they went "au naturel" (wo/a PA system).
On March 3 & 4, we present the Danish-Vietnamese pianist, composer, producer, and publisher Niels Lan Doky. Niels, who can channel Gene Harris at times, brings with him, one of the best jazz drummers in the world, Jeff "Tain" Watts, together with the superb bassist Ira Coleman.
Our 5th season ends, May 6 & 7, and we celebrate the Arts and Crafts of jazz with Matt Wilson, Terrell Stafford, Gary Versace, and Martin Wind, all stellar artists in their own right. We are guaranteed an evening of exquisite jazz that will keep everyone swinging and smiling.
To hear sample tracks of these wonderful jazz artists, just go to the Boise Jazz Society homepage and click on the audio player.
Here's a holiday gift idea "that keeps on giving." Purchase a Boise Jazz Society membership that comes with three (3) spring concerts for $99. That's $6 off the general admission, single ticket price, saving you $18.
Even better, help us grow the Boise Jazz Society demographics--introduce a young person to this great American art form of jazz. A three (3) concert, student BJS membership is just $49.50. So don't give them candy, lead them to the fruits of jazz. Purchase memberships/tickets online or send a check, made to the Boise Jazz Society, at my address below.
The Portland Jazz Festival, February 17-26, 2012 is offering Alaska Air, Hilton Hotel, and concert package discounts to our BJS members. If you want to hear Roy Haynes, Branford Marcellus, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bill Frisell, Vijay Iyer, among others, just contact me and I'll give you the details.
Finally, we're just a few hundred dollars short in our campaign to purchase a quality jazz bass for use by both BJS artists and BSU jazz students. To see and hear your contribution at work throughout the year, just send a check or go to the Boise Jazz Society website - click on Get Involved and follow the Contribute directions.
Season's Greetings to All! After listening to Bill Evans sing, Santa Claus IS Coming to Town, ah, here's the non-vocal version, by now you will need to join Duke and Pops in some Jingle Bells.
Mike SamballBoise Jazz SocietyDepartment of MusicBoise State UniversityBoise, Idaho email@example.comPhone: 208 426-5752
Pianist Bill Anschellreturns to the Boise Blue Note with yet another partner. His recordings have earned critical acclaim and widespread exposure, with the last three discs all making Jazzweek's national "Top 50" chart for radio airplay. Bill's release, A Different Note All Together, was selected by United Press International as one of the "10 Best" jazz releases of the year. His 2006 CD, More to the Ear than Meets the Eye, was chosen by numerous critics and radio stations across the country for their "10 Best of 2006" lists. His 2009 duo CD of Spontaneous Improvisations with saxophonist Brent Jensen was described by Cadence as "startlingly beautiful, surprising, and powerful...a transforming experience."
Since 2003, Bill's original compositions have received widespread cable and network exposure, appearing on programs including NBC's "The West Wing" and HBO's acclaimed series "The Wire." Bill was also selected by the American Composers Forum for its "Composer-in-the-Schools" program and his piano work was featured in the soundtrack of the PBS movie, "Old Settler." He's also played and/or recorded with a host of jazz greats including Richard Davis, Ron Carter, Benny Golson, and Russell Malone.
Madeline Eastman has long been heralded for her vocal gifts, interpretive savvy, and irrepressible sense of adventure. She has performed world-wide; from Japan to Finland, to San Francisco's Yoshi, New York nightclubs, the Cotati Jazz Festival, the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Glasgow Jazz Festival. She splits her time between touring and teaching at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in the vocal department.
In 2004, Ms. Eastman won 3rd place in the Down Beat Reader's Poll "Best Female Jazz Vocalist" and was recognized in Down Beat Magazine's International Critics Poll as "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition." She was also named Department Chair of Jazz Vocal Studies at the Jazz School in Berkeley, CA.
She has released five CD's on her own Mad Kat label that she co-founded with vocalist Kitty Margolis. Madeline has recorded with such luminaries as pianists Cedar Walton and Kenny Barron, saxophonist Phil Woods, bassist Rufus Reid, and drummer Tony Williams, among others.
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