Dear BJS members and friends of Jazz,

Memberships are still available at $70 ($10 off general admission) for the remaining two concerts in the spring; pianist/vocalist Dena DeRose and her Trio, Sunday, 2/21/2010 and the phenomenal guitarist, Martin Taylor, Sunday, 3/28/2010. Just print out the flyer below and send to me (address below) with a $70 check made out to Boise Jazz Society. A membership for the Spring 2010 concerts make a great and meaningful gift for the upcoming holiday seasons.

A Boise Jazz Society membership also entitles you to "exclusive" jazz extras including living room concerts, listening and film parties, and lectures. BJS members also receive discounts on additional jazz concerts that are planned for this year—stay tuned for breaking jazz news here

Speaking of jazz concerts, I am excited to tell you about saxophonist, Kurtis Adams’ upcoming All John Coltrane Concert, Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 7:30 p.m. in the Boise State University Recital Hall (Morrison Center). Admission: $5 adults, $3 students & seniors (Proceeds benefit BSU Music Scholarship Fund). Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Dr. Adams is the interim Director of Jazz Studies at Boise State University and is also the newest Boise Jazz Society working board member. Joining Kurtis will be pianist Chuck Smith, bassist Aaron Miller, and Scott Ruesser at the drum set, plus a string quartet backs Kurtis on Lonnie’s Lament.

For more on Kurtis’ background and music, check out his websites: &

Boise Jazz Society members are invited to meet and greet Kurtis at a BYOB Reception after the concert at Chuck Smith’s Boise Blue Note, Belgravia Building at 461 Main Street, Boise. Please RSVP me, ASAP, if you plan to attend the reception as club seating is limited. Call 426-3498 or

So this Friday, Don’t Take the A Train, take the Blue Trane!!


Boise Jazz Society 2009-2010 Subscription Series

Boise Jazz Society membership is still available for only $70 for the remaining
two concerts of this 2009-10 series (normally $95.40 for 3 concerts).
Join us by subscribing and enjoy wonderful evenings of exquisite jazz—
featuring artists of international stature—right here in Boise!

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It's easy to become a member!

Just download the 2009-2010 season flyer/membership application, fill it out, and send it in with your check for $70 for the remaining two concerts —don’t forget to add the dates to your yearly calendar.

Your 2009-2010 BJS membership entitles you to the remaining 2 concerts and much more, such as the Free Community Jazz Symposia accompanying each of our concerts. We call them “inform-ances”—music, conversation, and an interchange of ideas in a convivial atmosphere, where we meet, hear, and interact with the series artists, gaining insight into their music and a deeper understanding of jazz.

Plus, you’ll be invited to join us for BJS “members only” extras: living-room jazz concerts, jazz listening and film parties, and jazz lectures.

So, join us now so you don't miss out! Send the application and your check in to:

Boise Jazz Society
Dept. of Music
Boise State University
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-1560

Jazz Vocalist Extraordinaire Nancy KingJohn Coltrane

pianist Steve Christofferson

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2009
  • Boise Jazz Society Concert
  • Doors open at 6:15 pm – Concert at 7 pm
  • Boise Blue Note, Belgravia Building at 461 Main Street
  • No-host bar available. Snacks provided.
  • Intimate, night-club seating limited to 40.
  • Boise Jazz Society members: $30 (BJS members get first priority -- first come--first served)
  • General Admission: $40

She’s been called everything from a "Cult figure" and an "uncompromising artist," (Earshot Jazz) to "the greatest living jazz singer," (Herb Ellis).

As one of the few improvisers in vocal jazz to master the vocabulary, Nancy King has “indefatigable scat chops and a remarkably elastic range.” (The Oregonian)

To reserve your seats, contact:
Michael Samball

For more information about Nancy, please download the Nancy King flyer.

The Music of John ColtraneJohn Coltrane

Boise State University Faculty Artist Series
featuring Kurtis Adams, saxophone

  • Friday, October 30, 2009
  • Boise Jazz Society Concert
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Morrison Center Recital Hall, Rm. C-200, Boise State University
  • Tickets: $5 adults, $3 students & seniors (Proceeds benefit BSU Music Scholarship Fund)

Adams will be joined by: Chuck Smith on piano, Aaron Miller on bass and Scott Ruesser on the drum set.

There will also be an appearance by the Boise State string faculty:
Craig Purdy, violin; Linda Kline Lamar, viola; Maggie Snow, violin; Brian Hodges, cello

Kurtis Adams

Adams is co-director of the Gene Harris Jazz Festival and visiting assistant professor of jazz studies at Boise State. He began playing the saxophone at age 9. While pursuing graduate studies at the University of Colorado, he performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the 9th & Lincoln Orchestra. He has shared the stage with accomplished musicians such as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Greg Gisbert, Pat Bianchi, Jeff Jenkins, Brad Goode, Peter Sommer, and Paul Romaine, Joe Lovano, Conrad Herwig, Jiggs Whigham, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew and Bob Mintzer.

Visit: &


The Dena DeRose Trio

Dena DeRose
  • Sunday, February 21, 2010
  • Boise Jazz Society Concert
  • Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; Concert starts at 7 p.m.
  • Esther's Place, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, Boise
  • Tickets: $45

 "The most creative & compelling singer-pianist since Shirley Horn," that’s exactly how Joe Siegel described Dena DeRose. She not only awes her audience and music critics with her facility on the piano and her vocal talent, but "…she exudes joy...what soul!" Dena and her trio have developed a hard-swinging and dynamic sound that audiences really dig. From U.S. clubs like the Blue Note, Jazz Standard, and the Kennedy Center to Body and Soul in Tokyo, the Jazz Center in Istanbul, and Alexander Platz in Rome, she delivers "…vivid and exciting demonstrations of how innovative her musical concepts are".

Enjoy this tune featuring Dena DeRose:
How Deep Is The Ocean


Martin Taylor

Martin Taylor

  • Sunday, March 28, 2010
  • Boise Jazz Society Concert
  • Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; Concert starts at 7 p.m.
  • Esther's Place, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, Boise
  • Tickets: $45

Internationally recognized, Martin Taylor has established a inimitable style and world reputation as the foremost exponent of solo, jazz guitar playing. Completely self taught, he is admired and often imitated by guitarists all over the world. Performing in the concert halls of Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australasia, Martin always dazzles audiences with his virtuosity, emotion, humor, and strong stage presence. In 1999 he was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of the West of Scotland and in 2002 he was appointed MBE "For Services To Jazz Music." When not touring he divides his time between his homes in France and Scotland where he writes music for TV and film.

Enjoy these tunes featuring Martin Taylor:
I Got Rhythm
Lulu's Back in Town


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