Dear Members and Friends of the Boise Jazz Society,

Can you believe the energy in that Stueckle Sky Center a couple of Sundays ago? We learned a lot of things about the RR Ranch Club in our first concert—things that we will improve on—but I’m having a hard time figuring how we can improve on Eliane and her trio.

Few pianists would want to follow Eliane Elias, but March brings us a fearless “jazz lion,” Hal Galper and his Trio. Yes, Jazz Extra IV is upon us, and this Sunday, March 15, the BJS presents this legendary pianist at the Boise Blue Note, located in the Belgravia Building at 461 Main Street, Boise. If you’ve reserved your ticket, you are in—if you haven’t reserved your ticket, there are just 3 spaces left—contact me ASAP to grab yours!

With two subscription series concerts and four jazz extras in this season behind us, we move to our final concert of the year with Anat Cohen and her Quartet on Saturday, May 16th, back at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy. See more on this Downbeat Rising Star clarinetist/saxophonist below.

You may know already that I am serving as the Interim Director of the 12th annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival, Wednesday-Friday, April 1-3, 2009, presented by the Boise State University Department of Music. We bring you great jazz artistry from swing, bop, Latin, and beyond, highlighted by the Pat Coil Jazz Sextet and the Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra. All jazz events are presented on the BSU campus and with free stadium and garage parking, plus the introduction of the Stueckle Sky Center and the beautiful new Student Union Building Grand Ballroom, you are bound to see, feel, and hear the spirit of a “New Metropolitan U Rising.”

We’ll kickoff this year’s festival Wednesday, April 1st with The Three Pianists: A Gene Harris Legacy Concert, a fundraiser celebrating the Gene Harris jazz, educational, and festival legacy, is a town-and-gown affair, with complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres, presented in the elegant Stueckle Sky Center RR Ranch Club, featuring pianists Pat Coil, Mark Levine, and Chuck Smith, at three Steinway grand pianos, performing Gene's recorded music, from 1959-1999. All proceeds support the Gene Harris Endowment, providing jazz scholarships and the festival operating budget. I call upon all the friends of jazz to come out on this important evening in support of sustaining the festival that bear’s Gene name.

Also new this year is a two-day, six-venue Campus Jazz Club Crawl, Thursday and Friday, April 2 & 3, built around the theme “When Swing Was King.” There are lots of great ticket packages available for this year’s festival. Just go to

With your continued enthusiasm and support for the living American art form, we really can create a more vibrant jazz scene in our fair city.

See you at the next live jazz performance.


PS: Many BJS members have graciously volunteered to help with this year’s Gene Harris Jazz Festival. There are all kinds of jobs, from sublime to ridiculous, that we certainly could use your help with. Simply go to and click on "Get Involved"—that will put you into the right loop.

The Hal Galper Trio

Hal Galper
  • Sunday, March 15, 2009
  • Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; Concert starts at 7 p.m.
  • Boise Blue Note, Belgravia Buidling, 461 Main St., Boise
  • Tickets: $45
  • Limited seating-Boise Jazz Society Members Only-
  • Tickets are going fast. RSVP today by contacting Mike Samball

With over 82 recordings to his credit, 20 as a leader in his own right, pianist, composer, publisher, educator, author and touring artist, Hal Galper is best known for his work with Chet Baker, Connonball Adderley, John Scofield and the Phil Woods Quintet. His recordings as a leader with Mike and Randy Brecker are considered among the best.

Graduating from the Berklee College of Music at the height of the be-bop era, his reputation grew steadily in the changing environment of jazz. He anchored such bands as The Slide Hampton Quartet, The Lee Konitz Duo, The Stan Getz Quartet and many others. His biography is listed in the National Encyclopedia of Jazz and he has 100 original compositions recorded and published.

Galper is internationally known as an educator. His theoretical and practical articles have appeared in six of Down Beat Magazine's editions and his scholarly article on the Psychology of Stage Fright, originally published in the Jazz Educators Journal, has subsequently been reprinted in four other publications. The last word on the subject, his book The Touring Musician, A Small Business Approach to Booking Your Band on the Road (Billboard Books) is now into its second printing. His newest book, available in both print and his innovative interactive ebook Forward Motion, From Bach to Bebop ( is become accepted in educational curriculums world-wide. Hal is on the faculty of Purchase Conservatory and the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. He extensively travels the College lecture-workshop circuit.

He has won a Grammy nomination and a Grammy for his recordings with the award-winning Phil Woods Quartet and Quintet, was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Berklee College of Music, multiple awards For outstanding Service to Jazz Education from the IAJE and has been a recipient of grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, The Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation and the New School of New York.

Art-Work CD Cover Review: “One of the jazz world's most dynamic pianists!”

Hal Galper continues the exploration of his “rubato" concept of playing ("Furious Rubato" Origin 82476), this time in a live performance and featuring two icons of American music - bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Rashied Ali. From the propulsive “Take the Coltrane" to standards such as “Autumn Leaves" and “Stella By Starlight," the trio confounds and enlightens with their vibrant and truly original in-the-moment adaptations. Galper's haunting “Soliloquy" is a heartfelt dedication to his friend, saxophonist Michael Brecker.

“Clearly in the tradition, his keyboard attack is nevertheless somehow brazen, bold and certain..."
– Cadence

See and hear for yourself by listening to and watching the following YouTube clip:

For more information about Hal Galper, visit

12th Annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival

Gene Harris Jazz Festival

  • Wednesday-Friday, April 1-3, 2009
  • Boise State University

This year's events—educational activities, club nights, and headliner concerts—will all take place on the campus of Boise State University. Along with great jazz music, student and community participants can expect to enjoy ease of parking, the close proximity of all events, and an introduction to two new, exciting campus venues: the Stueckle Sky Center and the Student Union Grand Ballroom.

Featured Jazz Headliner Artists

Pete Escovedo

"E Music Esta Noche"
Friday, April 3, 2009
Student Union Grand Ballroom
8 pm
Featuring The Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra

Pat Coil

"Swing, Bop, and Beyond"
Thursday, April 2, 2009
New, Student Union Grand Ballroom
8 pm
Featuring The Pat Coil Sextet

Pete Petersen Porkpie Sextet

Campus Jazz-Club Crawl
"When Swing Was King"
Thursday and Friday April 2-3, 2009
Student Union Building
5 – 7:30 pm

One of the Featured Artists: Pete Petersen Porkpie Sextet

For more Festival details, and to find out more about our two-day, six-venue Campus Jazz Club Crawl, download the Gene Harris Festival Flyer. (pdf)

 Three days of jazz all on the Boise State University Campus!
View/Download the Gene Harris Jazz Festival Postcard list of concerts.

Anat Cohen Quartet

Gene Harris Jazz Festival
  • SAVE THE DATE! - Saturday, May 16, 2009
  • Boise Jazz Society Concert

Idiomatically conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles, Anat Cohen has established herself as one of the primary voices of her generation on both the tenor saxophone and clarinet since arriving in New York in 1999.

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Anat grew up with musical siblings; her older brother, Yuval, is himself a saxophonist of note, and her younger brother, Avishai, is one of New York’s busiest trumpeters. She began clarinet studies at age 12 and played jazz on clarinet for the first time in her Jaffa conservatory’s Dixieland band. At 16 she joined the school’s big band and learned to play the tenor saxophone. The same year, Anat entered the prestigious “Thelma Yelin” High School for the Arts, where she majored in jazz. After graduation, she discharged her mandatory Israeli military service duty from 1993-95, playing tenor saxophone in the Israeli Air Force band.

See and hear what you're in store for by listening to and watching the following YouTube clip:

For more information about Anat Cohen, visit

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