• Trio Da Paz

    September 25 & 26*, 2016

    *Boise State University Jazz Residency Events

  • Jeff Hamilton Trio

    December 4 & 5*, 2016

    *Boise State University Jazz Residency Events

  • Rene Marie Quartet

    February 24* & 25, 2017

    *Boise State University Jazz Residency Events

  • Gerald Clayton Quartet

    April 30 & May 1*, 2017

    *Boise State University Jazz Residency Events

  • Christian McBride Quartet

    June 14, 2017

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2016-17 Boise Jazz Society Ticket Availability!

Gerald Clayton and Christian McBride concert tickets are not available at this time--check back to our web site for updates.

BJS subscribers occasionally turn back tickets for a specific concert.  This does not usually occur until days or hours before a concert.   We keep a waiting list for each concert of those wishing to be notified of any available tickets.  Please contact Mike Samball to be placed on the wait list.

The 2017-18 Boise Jazz Society series artists will be announced April 30, 2017.  Current BJS members may renew from April-May 2017.  New memberships will be available to the public beginning June 1, 2017.

The Gerald Clayton Quartet

           Sponsored by the James and Catherine DeBlasio Family

"Tributary Tales" CD Release Tour

        Gerald Clayton searches for honest expression in every note he plays. With harmonic curiosity and critical awareness, he develops musical narratives that unfold as a result of both deliberate searching and chance uncovering. The four-time GRAMMY-nominated pianist/composer formally began his musical journey at the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where he received the 2002 Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award. Continuing his scholarly pursuits, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance at USC’s Thornton School of Music under the instruction of piano icon Billy Childs, after a year of intensive study with NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron at The Manhattan School of Music. Clayton won second place in the 2006 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Piano Competition.

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        Expansion has become part of Clayton’s artistic identity. His music is a celebration of the inherent differences in musical perspectives that promote true artistic synergy. Inclusive sensibilities have allowed him to perform and record with such distinctive artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens, Kendrick Scott, John Scofield Ben Williams, Terell Stafford & Dick Oatts, Michael Rodriguez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Avishai Cohen, Peter Bernstein and the Clayton Brothers Quintet. Clayton also has enjoyed an extended association since early 2013, touring and recording with saxophone legend Charles Lloyd.
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Sunday, April 30, 2017
Riverside Hotel Sapphire Room
Free, Boise Community Jazz Symposium 4-5 pm, Meet, Greet, Hear, and Interact with our Artists
(students and adult community welcome)

Concert 7-9 pm (Jazz Dinner Buffet Available $15, Doors open 6 pm)
Limited Concert Ticket Availability--Contact Mike Samball for more information

Monday, May 1, 2017

Boise State University Recital Hall
Free Inform-ance 4-5:15 pm (concert followed by Q&A)
Free, Jazz Combo and Rhythm Section Clinics 5:30-6:30 pm
(students and adult community welcome)


About Gerald Clayton's Quartet  

Ben Wendel, saxophonist


      Grammy nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel was born in Vancouver, Canada and raised in Los Angeles. Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, he has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, composer and producer. Highlights include multiple domestic and international tours with artists such as Ignacio Berroa, Tigran Hamasyan, Antonio Sanchez, Gerald Clayton, Eric Harland, Taylor Eigsti, Snoop Dogg and the artist formerly known as Prince. Ben is a founding member of the Grammy nominated group Kneebody, currently signed with Motéma Music.

As a composer, he has received an ASCAP Jazz Composer Award, the 2008 and 2011 Chamber Music America “New Works Grant” and most recently was awarded the Victor Lynch-Staunton award by the Canada Council For The Arts. He also co-wrote the score for John Krasinski's adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men."

Ben was honored to work with conductor Kent Nagano in producing a series of concerts for the Festspiel Plus in Munich, Germany. From 2008 to 2015, he produced a multi-genre performance series at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California. During that time he was appointed the head of their Jazz and Blues initiative, which included producing and expanding performance opportunities for these genres in Los Angeles. As part of this appointment, Ben helped to create an artistic council which included such luminaries as Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert and Luciana Souza. Ben’s recent producer work includes the Grammy nominated album "Life Forum" for pianist Gerald Clayton on Concord Records.

Ben has recorded for Sunnyside Records, Motéma Music, Concord Records and Brainfeeder, with three solo albums under his belt, Simple Song (2009), Frame (2012) and What We Bring (2016), a duo project with French-American pianist Dan Tepfer entitled Small Constructions (2013) and multiple Kneebody albums. His critically acclaimed music video project The Seasons, inspired by Tchaikovsky’s works of the same name, was released throughout 2015 and included guests such as Joshua Redman, Jeff Ballard, Mark Turner, Julian Lage and more.

Ben is a former Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies at USC and a current Adjunct at the New School in NYC. Educational outreach has been a constant in his career with over 250 masterclasses at various colleges, universities, high-schools and also previous work with the LA Philharmonic Artist Program. Center with guests Charles McPherson and Wes “Warm Daddy” Anderson.

Bassist, Joe Sanders


         Joe Sanders has made a name for himself through his versatility, dedication, and steady pulse. He is without doubt, one of the most sought-after young bass players of his generation. He has played, recorded, and toured with many great musicians, including but not limited to; Ravi Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, Wayne Shorter, Dave Brubeck, Mulgrew Miller, Geri Allen, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Karriem Riggins, Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Gerald Clayton (whose album Two-Shade was nominated for a 2010 Grammy®, featuring Sanders), Geoffery Kezzer, Lionel Loueke, Aaron Parks, Chris Potter, Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian Scott, and Taylor Eigsti. Sanders has evolved as a musician first as a student in the finest music programs and currently on the bandstand. He has had many mentors and teachers who have taught him along the way. His first teacher Catherine McGinn is a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and guided Sanders throughout middle school and high school, though these were strictly classical lessons this gave him the tools and discipline he would need in the future. In the Fall of 2002, he attended the Dave Brubeck Institute to study under the tutelage of Christian McBride, where he was introduced to master the essentials needed to become an exceptional bass player. After two years with McBride and the many other jazz masters who passed through the Institute, Sanders felt ready to head to New York and put into practice his knowledge and passion. As gigs and jam sessions rolled, Sanders’ name was heard more widely in the city. An opportunity came knocking at his door. A year into being a New Yorker, Sanders was on his way to Los Angeles to attend the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute, under Artistic Director, Terence Blanchard. While at the Monk Institute, Sanders honed his skills even further and embraced new musical concepts brought on by Blanchard. He was also challenged by others who were brought into the Monk Institute to share their concepts such as; Jason Moran, Benny Golson, Wynton Marsalis, Stephon Harris, and Lewis Nash, to name a few. During this time, Sanders took one-on-one lessons from exceptional bassists who have always inspired him to keep moving forward, they included John Clayton, Bob Hurst, Ron Carter, and Charlie Haden. Upon graduation from the Thelonious Monk Institute Sanders returned to New York City. Recently, he placed 2nd in the finals of both the International Society of Bassists Jazz Bass Competition and the Thelonious Monk Institute’s International Jazz Bass Competition. Currently he leads his own band Joe Sanders’ Infinity in jazz clubs throughout New York City, and tours extensively in Europe and the States with Gerald Clayton Trio. “I am fortunate to have found my calling,” says Sanders. “I hope to reach people’s hearts and make a difference in their life through the spirit of music.”

Drummer, Rodney Green

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         Some people seek out a career in music, and some just cannot escape it. As an only child growing up in Camden New Jersey, gospel music and musical instruments surrounded Rodney Green at home and in church, where he spent most of his time. His father was a preacher and organist, and his mother sang in church.

Rodney was drawn to the drum kit, and by age three, would climb on the kit play whenever possible. By his early teens, Green was playing drums in church, but outside he was being exposed to other kinds of music like jazz. His older cousin, also a musician, introduced Rodney to jazz, funk, and soul music, and (along with his high school band teacher) started him listening records like, “A Love Supreme,” “Transition,” and “Four More”. He was blown away by Elvin Jones and Tony Williams–all of the sounds they got out of the drums as well as their range, style and technique.

Rodney soon realized that music could be a profession, and not just a hobby. He knew that playing the drums was his calling. Percussionist Scott Robinson was impressed with Rodney’s playing but realized the young drummer didn’t realize what he was doing, since he was just playing by ear. Robinson offered to teach him for free, and at 14 years old, Rodney got his first lesson. It wasn’t long before the young musician started to sneak out to local clubs to see live music and play gigs. He got to know many of the up and coming musicians on the Philadelphia jazz scene including pianist, Orrin Evans, trumpeter, Duane Eubanks, and bassist Christian McBride.

At the age of 16, friend and drummer Brian Frasier Moore left his gig at Patti LaBelle’s club, Chez LaBelle, and Rodney took over. He influenced the club’s manager to start a Sunday Jazz Brunch, and soon Green was booking musicians like pianist, Evans and saxophonist Sam Newsome at the club. Legendary musician, Bobby Watson was so impressed with the young drummer that he called his parents to ask their permission to take Green to Italy with him, and after much persuasion, they agreed. By age 17 Green, still in high school, was traveling internationally and doing an occasional gig in New York City. After such an occasion, legendary drummer Billy Higgins unexpectedly walked into Sweet Basil, and finished a set. Rodney went home and packed his bags.

His desire to make his mark on the jazz scene had intensified, and one week after graduation, Green took the money that he had saved money from his gigs, and moved to the New York. He got on the scene and quickly developed a name for himself. He was a favorite sub and at only 17 years old, had a remarkable range and a reputation for being an extremely professional young musician. Word continued to spread about the talented young drummer, and Green spent the next couple of years playing with the likes of Christian McBride, Eric Reed, Greg Osby, Joe Henderson, Benny Green, Tom Harrell, and Mulgrew Miller. With a recommendation from bassist, Ben Wolfe, Green joined the band of vocalist Diana Krall at the age of 19.

His two-year tenure with Krall taught him a great deal about the business of music, and the importance of being a responsible, mature young professional. Today, Rodney Green is a seasoned professional with experience and skill beyond his years. He continues to grow and challenge himself creatively, stepping out as a leader with the Rodney Green Group, writing music and pursuing projects that interest him. For this young musician, who already has a wealth of gigs, experiences, tours and records behind him, the best is yet to come.

Mark Your Calendar

        USAF Academy Falconaires Jazz Band, Morrison Center Main Hall, April 24, 2017, 7pm,  Call (208) 426-1110 for Free Tickets

      Christian McBride and NEW JAWN with Josh Evans, Marcus Strickland & Nasheet Waits, Wednesday, June 14th, 7 pm, Sapphire Room

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2016-17 Corporate & Private BJS Concert Sponsorships Available

Help sustain world-class jazz artistry in Boise by sponsoring one of our subscription series concerts for 2016-17.  A Concert Sponsorship will associate your name or company with internationally-acclaimed artists and will help assure that the BJS continues to bring you the very best in the world of jazz today.

Contact Mike Samball to find out more about the many benefits of supporting the Boise Jazz Society today.

BJS Campaign for Continued Excellence

To assure the future quality and stability of the Boise Jazz Society, the BJS Board has just launched the Campaign for Continued Excellence.   Season subscribers who also contribute to this campaign at the $750 level or above may choose two reserved seats of their choice for the entire season. Single members may choose to participate by partnering with a friend and making a single donation of $750 or more.   Only 4 reserved seats remain, so please contact Mike Samball ASAP.

2016-17 BJS Jazz Education Contribution Campaign in Full Swing

Join the growing list of BJS members who have already contributed to our BJS Educational Mission in support of the Sunday Community Jazz Symposia Series and Monday Jazz Education Residencies at Boise State.  Please consider donating to our Jazz Education Contribution Campaign at one of the levels below.  All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by federal and state law.

The Big Band ~ $1000 - 2499
        Beboppers ~ $500 – 999
            Swingers ~ $250 – 499
                Mainstreamers ~ $100 – 249
                    Hipsters ~ $50 – 99

Donate today and get in on our drawing before each concert for one of three, reserved tables of choice.  All contributors, at any level, are eligible to win a table seating four ticketed guests. 

Contact Mike Samball for more information.

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For more information regarding  the Boise Jazz Society, please contact:
Mike Samball, Executive Director
Boise Jazz Society
Department of Music
Boise State University
Boise, Idaho 83725
Phone:(208) 426-3498 

2016-17 Featured Artists

Trio da Paz


For Donato


Samba Triste

The Jeff Hamilton Trio

Too Marvelous for Words


Bye Ya

Ain't That a Peach

Rene Marie Quartet

C'est si bon

Joy of Jazz


Let's Do It

Gerald Clayton Quartet

If I Were a Bell

Sun Glimpse

Snake Bite

All the Things You Are

Christian McBride Quartet


Down By the Riverside


Fried Pics

Season Sponsors

Ann and Scott Tuthill


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Concert Sponsors

Ann and Scott Tuthill
Dara and Joe Longobardi

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In Memory: Patti and Les Smith
The Catherine and James Deblasio Family
The Barry B. Staum Boise Jazz Society Endowment

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