Hello Friends of Jazz,

If you joined us for the June evening with pianist Joanne Brackeen, you know we’ve booked another great season of artists for 2010-2011. Can you believe we are going into our fourth year and are completing another successful summer membership drive?

This year’s Boise Jazz Society subscription series features—pianist Roger Kellaway’s Trio with guitarist Bruce Forman—Brazilian Percussionist Mauricio Zottarelli’s Quintet, and the Lorca Hart Trio and vocalist Kenny Washington.  All these internationally–distinguished jazz performers will be right here in Boise!

Your BJS membership of $95.40 (same as last year) entitles you to great seating at all three concerts in the series at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy where we continue to keep our performances intimate, in the style of a NYC jazz club with adult-beverages available and snacks provided.

By joining the Jazz Society you help to create a vibrant and alive jazz scene throughout the year. Even if you can’t attend all the concerts, your membership contributes to our Boise Jazz Society mission of raising an awareness of the art of jazz, supports educational residencies and workshops for students, and promotes local and regional jazz artists.

Your Boise Jazz Society membership also supports our 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, we also present a number of BJS “members only” extras: living-room jazz concerts, jazz listening and film parties, and jazz lectures. In fact, we’ve already booked the great French pianist, Jean–Michel Pilc to perform at the Boise Blue Note on Thursday evening, October 21, 2010.  So make sure your new membership is paid and then contact me to reserve one of 40 seats at Chuck’s Place—first come–first served.

As many have sung,

Oh, it's a long, long while, from May to December
But the days grow short, when you reach September
When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame
One hasn't got time for the waiting game

So let’s get those memberships in!  Just download the season flyer on the website, fill it out, and send it in with your check—don’t forget to add the dates to your yearly calendar.

Still diggin’ the Summertime and the Watermelon Man,

Mike Samball

PS:  Please send me the contact information on anyone that you believe might be rightly or remotely interested in the art of live jazz—right here in Boise.

See and Hear Our Upcoming Season Artists!

Roger Kellaway Trio

  • Sunday, September 26, 2010
  • Esther's Place, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, Boise

Roger has been described as "a musical chameleon" and "the most awesome jazz pianist quite possibly anywhere on earth". His discography runs to more than two hundred fifty albums. He's performed with everyone from Elvis to Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie to Yo Yo Ma, Joni Mitchell to Mancini and Quincy Jones to Michael Tilson Thomas.

Take a listen to Roger Kellaway With Bruce Forman on "Killer Joe"
And here's Roger Kellaway With Zoot Sims on "Zoot's Theme
"Visit his website at rogerkellaway.com.

Mauricio Zottarelli Quintet

  • November 7, 2010
  • Esther's Place, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, Boise

Mauricio has been on the forefront of the Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music scenes best known for his musicality, impeccable time and groove, his facility on the drum set, and his ability to play in many different styles.

Here's the Mauricio Zottarelli Quintet and a short comment by Mauricio about their CD entitled "7 Lives"
And here's the Mauricio Zottarelli Quintet playing "Spirit"Visit his website at mzdrums.com.

Lorca Hart Trio with Kenny Washington
  • February 27, 2011
  • Esther's Place, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, Boise

Lorca grew up in Taos, New Mexico. Coming from a musical family, he wasexposed to a variety of music and instruments as a child. He attended California Institute of the Arts from 1992 - 96, graduating with a BFA in Jazz Percussion Performance and studying under Albert "Tootie" Heath, Joe La Barbera, Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, and others.  Visit Lorca Hart's website at myspace.com/lorcahart.

Kenny is a jazz vocalist virtuoso. If you have never heard this New Orleans native sing before, get ready for a jaw dropping experience. Emulating the classic styles of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn and infusing colors of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, Kenny's free, playful approach, with a seeming limitless, four-octave range, is awe inspiring.  Visit Kenny Washington's website at kennywashingtonvocalist.com.

The Boise Jazz Society kicks off its fourth year with a Membership Drive Concert for old, new, and returning members by presenting world-class, piano soloist Joanne Brackeen on Sunday, June 13th at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy (Esther’s Place) in Concert at 7 p.m. and in a Boise Community Jazz Symposium at 4 p.m. Doors open for no-reserve, table seating at 6:15 p.m. Adult beverages available and snacks provided.

Admission to the concert is just $15 for those renewing or joining the Boise Jazz Society for the 2010–11 season. BJS Membership prices remain at $90 plus tax ($95.40 total) for our series of three world-class jazz concerts, plus you will enjoy members­only events sprinkled in throughout the year. Download a BJS Membership Flyer and join today!

Non–member, general admission to the concert is $25, but as usual, the Symposium is free.

We will announce our season artists at the concert in keeping with our three–year tradition—I know you’ll be impressed.

For more about Joanne, go to her website and read and listen. Or check her out on YouTube.

Mike

The BJS is co-sponsoring the open night of the 13th annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival with The Monty Alexander Trio in concert on Thursday, April 22nd from 7-9 pm at the Stueckle Sky Center RR Ranch Club. This sophisticated venue provides beautiful views with table and bistro seating, cheese and crackers, a no-host, adult beverage bar, and free parking. And, with great music by pianist Monty Alexander, a Gene Harris protégé, all for $50, this might be the musical event of a late April night in Boise.

Wait, there’s more! BJS members receive a $10 discount off the general admission price above. But to get that discount, you will have to contact me, Mike, by phone or email to reserve and confirm your ticket by payment.

Just go to the Gene Harris web site and listen to the audio sampler: http://www.geneharris.org/ .

What you will quickly learn is that this year’s festival is chocked full of world-class jazz artists playing a diversity of jazz styles; swing, bop, blues, fusion, funk, and Latin jazz. And, the ticket pricing and packages can’t be beat! An all-event, package ticket is $140 for three days of jazz with seven different jazz groups, including Monty Alexander.

All events take place on the Boise State University campus in sophisticated environs such as the Stueckle Sky Center RR Ranch Club, Student Union Building Simplot Grand Ballroom, Lookout Room, and the Special Events Center. These venues offer classy atmospheres suitable for both student and adult listeners--some events offer over-21 amenities in a jazz-club setting. All with FREE campus PARKING.

If you want your BJS $10 discount combined with an all-event, package ticket at $130, I can make that happen, but you’ll have to contact me by phone or email directly.

We’re Groovin High and Hard on the Boise jazz scene these days—won’t you join us?

Mike

The Boise Jazz Society proudly presents guitarist Martin Taylor in concert on Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 7pm and in a Free Boise Community Jazz Symposium at 4pm. Both events take place in the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy and a few non-BJS member tickets are still available at $45. Esther’s Place is set up for intimate, jazz listening with table seating, snacks, and no-host, adult beverages provided by Pug Ostling. Doors open at 6:15 pm for the concert.

The BJS is co-sponsoring the open night of the 13th annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival with The Monty Alexander Trio in concert on Thursday, April 22nd from 7-9 pm at the Stueckle Sky Center RR Ranch Club. This sophisticated venue provides beautiful views with table and bistro seating, cheese and crackers, a no-host, adult beverage bar, and free parking. And, with great music by pianist Monty Alexander, a Gene Harris protégé, all for $50, this might be the musical event of a late April night in Boise.

Wait, there’s more! BJS members receive a $10 discount off the general admission price above. But to get that discount, you will have to contact me, Mike, by phone or email to reserve and confirm your ticket by payment.

Just go to the Gene Harris web site and listen to the audio sampler: http://www.geneharris.org/ .

What you will quickly learn is that this year’s festival is chocked full of world-class jazz artists playing a diversity of jazz styles; swing, bop, blues, fusion, funk, and Latin jazz. And, the ticket pricing and packages can’t be beat! An all-event, package ticket is $140 for three days of jazz with seven different jazz groups, including Monty Alexander.

All events take place on the Boise State University campus in sophisticated environs such as the Stueckle Sky Center RR Ranch Club, Student Union Building Simplot Grand Ballroom, Lookout Room, and the Special Events Center. These venues offer classy atmospheres suitable for both student and adult listeners--some events offer over-21 amenities in a jazz-club setting. All with FREE campus PARKING.

If you want your BJS $10 discount combined with an all-event, package ticket at $130, I can make that happen, but you’ll have to contact me by phone or email directly.

We’re Groovin High and Hard on the Boise jazz scene these days—won’t you join us?

Mike

Living in Boise this spring just got even more metro as the Boise Jazz Society and the Gene Harris Jazz Festival has filled the calendar with world-class jazz artists in concert.

In February, Sunday the 21st, the Boise Jazz Society presents pianist/vocalist Dena DeRose and her Trio including Matt Wilson at the drums and bassist, Martin Wind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The end of March, Sunday the 28th, we present one of the most phenomenal jazz guitarists on the planet, Martin Taylor. Visit his website at martintaylor.com and read more about this concert below.

monty1The 4th week in April finds the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, April 22-24, presenting a diverse and sophisticated palate of jazz artists including The Monty Alexander Trio on Thursday the 22nd, at the Stueckle Sky Center RR Ranch Club. This over-21 affair is co-sponsored by the Boise Jazz Society (members receive a $10 discount on tickets). Visit the trio's website at montyalexander.com.

brackeen1And, as we move into early summer, June, Sunday the 13th, the Boise Jazz Society is scheduled to present pianist Joanne Brackeen. Visit her website at joannebrackeenjazz.com.

Boise Jazz Society memberships are still available at $70 for the two spring concerts. Student rate is available at $30. Just click the hot link below for an application and more on jazz happenings and the mission, goals, and benefits of supporting the Boise Jazz Society.

Jazz takes guerilla marketing, so “Help spread the word, to one jazz lover at a time.”

And, for all those who have ever worked at making jazz happen in Boise, maybe we are getting close to saying, “At Last!”

Regards,

Mike

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