The sounds of big-band jazz come alive during this annual festival that celebrates the best of Northwest music. Professional musicians join with student bands from all over Washington, Oregon, and Idaho for a jazz extravaganza to celebrate the legacy of pianist Gene Harris. Now in its 18th year, this festival mixes live performances with educational seminars for one of Idaho's biggest music events of the year.
A highlight of the weekend will be the concert by the Boise State Jazz Ensemble along with student bands playing throughout the day. On both evenings, The Gene Harris Festival SuperBand, compromised of sensational musicians from all over the country, will be headlining the festival. They are a big fan favorite, and this year's special guest is David Lieberman, a master saxophonist who has played with everyone from Miles Davis to Elvin Jones. He will not only be sharing his wonderful music on stage with both bands, but also leading two clinics that dive deep into the history and culture of jazz. You won't want to miss the chance to learn from one of the most influential jazz artists of all time.
Taking place on April 1 and 2nd at the Student Union Building, this is sure to be a swinging good time for all. Day passes start at just $15, so it's a fun and affordable way to spend the weekend in Idaho. Plus, the Boise State Campus is only half a mile away from our hotel, so it's easy to reach when you stay with us.