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Boise, Idaho

Gene Harris Jazz Festival

Boise State University Campus, University Dr and Lincoln Ave.


(March 21-22, 2012) In 1996, renowned jazz pianist Gene Harris led a group of local educators and investors to create an endowment for scholarships in jazz at Boise State University. Two years later the festival began, featuring jazz musicians of international renown performing at night and working with student musicians during the day.

The festival takes place over three days in April and features a number of great ensembles, representing many different streams of modern jazz. Concerts and clinics take place at various venues on the BSU campus. In additional to the Festival’s guest performers, BSU and local public school student ensembles are also featured in concert. A number of different ticket packages are available, from single day passes to full event passes, with educational events being free to the public.

Gene Harris Jazz Festival Information

  • Performances/Programs: The festival features several jazz concerts over the course of three days.
  • Ticket Prices: $20-$50.
  • Subscriptions: The 3-Day All Events Premium Seating Package costs $140 and gets you into all concerts.
  • Educational/Community Outreach: During the festival, students attend workshops and clinics led by jazz educators and guest artists that are held on the Boise State university campus.