Hello Idaho Jazz Aficionados,

Welcome to our new members and thanks to those who have renewed your membership to date—you will receive your BJS member card and 3-concert season ticket in the mail.

For those who have not gotten your memberships in, just download this 2009-2010 season flyer/membership application, print the pdf file, fill it out, and send it in with a check to me—address below. Remember, we have limited space at "Esther’s Place," our intimate New York City jazz club—right here in Boise. Snacks provided and no-host bar available.

And mark that calendar. Pianist Benny Green along with his drummer, Clayton Cameron (The Brush Master) and bassist, Paul Keller will open the Boise Jazz Society season in four (4) weeks! Benny and the trio swing as hard as any today and it’s always fun to be in the same room with these guys. After reading their bios, take a peek and listen at the YouTube links--that says more than the words.

FYI: We are working on an October BJS Extra; a viewing of the recently released and highly acclaimed documentary film, Anita O’Day-The Life of a Jazz Singer. And, cross your fingers as we are trying to get singer, Nancy King to Boise in November. More to come as plans develop.

Finally, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the web sites of our other season artists; pianist/vocalist the Dena DeRose Trio and guitarist Martin Taylor, just click on the links below. I chose a couple MP3s as samples of their music—enjoy.

Please share this BJS Jazz Newsletter with your friends, neighbors, and acquaintances.

If you haven’t joined us for our third season, please send some Confirmation so that I’m not left Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered as the September Song with Benny and his trio is just around the corner.


Announcing the Boise Jazz Society 2009-10 Membership Drive and Subscription Series

Boise Jazz Society membership at $95.40
includes your season ticket to all 3 concerts
Join us by subscribing and enjoy 3 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—don’t forget to add the dates to your yearly calendar.

Your BJS membership of $95.40 (same as last year) entitles you to the 3-concert series 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

The Benny Green Trio

Featuring Benny Green, Clayton Cameron, and Paul Keller

  • Sunday, September 13, 2009
  • Boise Jazz Society Concert
  • 4 p.m. Free Symposium
  • Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; Concert starts at 7 p.m.
  • Esther's Place, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, Boise
  • Tickets: $45 (for non-Boise Jazz Society members, IF there are seats available)

Green is a young classicist, and one of the better ones playing the piano: he plays funky and hard, and breathes not only be-bop but Oscar Peterson’s virtuosic effusions as well. – The New York Times

Benny Green

Benny Green

Born in New York in 1963, Benny Green grew up in Berkeley, California, and began classical piano studies at the age of seven. Influenced by his father, a tenor saxophonist, his attention soon turned into Jazz: "I began trying to improvise on the piano, imitating the records I'd been hearing from my father's collection, which included a lot of Monk and Bird… it was a gradual process of teaching myself". Benny played in school bands before hooking up with Jazz singer Fay Carroll: "That was good training for me in terms of accompaniment and learning about the blues, and she also gave me a chance to play trio, opening for her every night".

Benny often sounds as if he could be holding forth at a Harlem rent party in the 1930’s or appearing on ‘Piano Playhouse’ in the 1940’s.
– JazzTimes

After a short stint with Bobby Watson, Green worked with Betty Carter between 1983 and 1987, the year he joined Art Blakey’s band. He remained a Jazz Messenger through late 1989, at which point he began working with Freddie Hubbard’s quintet.

He’s an all–around pianoman for his time. – Boston Herald

In 1993, Oscar Peterson chose Benny as the first recipient of the City of Toronto’s Glen Gould International Protégé Prize in Music. That year, Green replaced Gene Harris in Ray Brown’s Trio, working with the veteran bass player until 1997. From 1997 on, Benny resumed his freelance career, led his own trios, and concentrated on his solo piano performances.

Enjoy these tunes featuring Benny Green on YouTube:
Benny Green Trio - Taking a Chance on Love
Benny Green and Bucky Pizzarelli - Satin Doll

Visit bennygreenmusic.com

Clayton Cameron

Clayton Cameron

Clayton Cameron has a dynamic career that has already crossed many barriers in the world of music. From Sammy Davis Jr. to Tony Bennett, Clayton continues to push the envelope of contemporary drumming and brushes to their very limits. After the release of the 1990 video, "The Living Art of Brushes" Clayton has been given the honorary title "Brush Master".

In April 1993, he started what has been an unbelievable six years of world wide touring and recording with the incomparable Tony Bennett. "Performing with Tony has been a thrilling experience. His love of music and entertaining people has won him countless awards from Grammys to Emmys. I’ve had the pleasure of recording with Tony on six albums." Each of the albums received Grammy nominations and five of them won the prestigious award.

Enjoy these tunes featuring Clayton Cameron on YouTube:
Clayton Cameron Brush work
Tony Bennett - Clayton Cameron (on drums) - The Girl I Love

Visit claytoncameron.com/

Paul Keller

Paul Keller

Paul Matthew Keller was born March 11, 1962. He began studying the string bass at age 12. By age 16 Paul had played his first jazz gigs in his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. He continued his classical music education at the University of Michigan and moved to Ann Arbor permanently in 1986.

Paul has been recognized internationally for his association with pianist/singer Diana Krall and guitarist Russell Malone. From 1993 to 1997 he toured the world, first with Malone, then with with Krall and Malone. Together they performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Blue Note Jazz Clubs of Japan, the Algonquin Hotel and the JVC, Newport and Playboy Jazz Festivals, among many others. In 2006, Paul performed with Diana Krall for former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Paul has played with Diana on national TV on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS), The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS), The Tavis Smiley Show (PBS) and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC).Keller appears on Malone's CD Black Butterfly (Columbia) and on Krall's Grammy-nominated recording All For You (GRP/Impulse).

Enjoy these tunes featuring Paul Keller on YouTube:
Diana Krall - They Can't Take That Away From Me
Diana Krall - Hit That Jive Jack

Visit pkorecords.com

More September Jazz Happenings

Kings of Swing Concert and Gib Hochstrasser Memorial Dedication

  • Sunday, September 13, 2009
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • Boise State University Morrison Center
  • The public is welcome, and the event is free of charge.

A special concert and dedication of the Gib Hochstrasser Memorial will be led by the The Kings of Swing - the band led by the late Gib Hochstrasser for many years. The event will be held just outside the Morrison Center on the greenbelt side in the new patio area.

New Trio Plus at The Flicks

Chuck Smith and The New Trio+ Play Jazz from the movies!

  • A Concert to Celebrate The Flicks 25th Anniversary
  • Monday, September 21, 2009
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Boise State University Morrison Center
  • Tickets: Limited seating; buy early! Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door (if available)

Join us at 7:30 on Monday, September 21 to hear The New Trio+ jazz up some memorable melodies from the movies! Sandon Mayhew, Rob Walker, Chuck Smith, Rod Wray and Scott Reusser will cook up some fantastic film music in theatre #1. There will be an opportunity to share some of your memories at the Flicks and mingle with fellow film and jazz buffs.

Glenn Miller Orchestra at the Nampa Civic Center

Idaho Performing Arts Presents Glenn Miller Orchestra

  • A Concert to Celebrate The Flicks 25th Anniversary
  • Monday, September 21, 2009
  • 8:00 p.m.
  • Swayne Auditorium at NNU Brandt Center
  • Tickets: Adult $24; Senior $24; Student $12

Back by popular demand, the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is coming to Swayne Auditorium at NNU's Brandt Center in Nampa! This Internationally renowned ensemble has been touring the world since 1956.  

The band plays an average of 300 live dates a year, all around the globe, to millions of fans. Come enjoy all the Glenn Miller classics like “A String of Pearls,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Tuxedo Junction” and “In the Mood” performed by the band that made them famous!


Dena DeRoseThe Dena DeRose Trio

  • 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

Visit denaderose.com

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

Visit martintaylor.com

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