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Gene Harris Jazz Festival

April 6-7, 2023

  • Registration will open January 9, 2023 and close when full
  • April 6: Jazz Combos and MS-3A Jazz Ensembles – capped at 28
  • April 7: 4A-5A Jazz Ensembles – capped at 24
  • Full schedule below

Welcome to the Gene Harris Jazz Festival!

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Bringing Jazz Education and Enrichment to the Treasure Valley

The Gene Harris Jazz Festival is held each year in honor of the late Gene Harris. This event brings more than 1500 students on to the Boise State University campus each year to perform, listen, learn, and experience the living American artform known as Jazz. A hallmark of the event is school performances in the iconic Morrison Center concert hall, along with performances both night by the Gene Harris Super Band; a legacy ensemble staffed by the same professionals and educators who work with the studetns throughout the festival. 

More about the Gene Harris Jazz Festival

The Gene Harris Jazz festival is all about supporting aspiring jazz musicians in our community. The event seeks to enrich jazz music education in the Treasure Valley (and the state of Idaho) by connecting local students with world-class performing artists — right in their own backyard. Historically, this festival brings more than 1,500 Idaho students to Boise State’s campus to work with professional musicians. We only expect that number to grow this year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the arts community hard. If you’re in a position to support our community’s local music scene (and the artists that make GHJF possible), your donation(s) will go directly to Boise State’s Department of Music. Contributions will help us continue to build the Gene Harris Endowment Fund in support of comprehensive music education at Boise State University.


2023 Schedule

Thursday Schedule (20 minute performance slots)

8:00-9:30 am: School Performances/Clinics

9:40-10:00 am: BREAK

10:00-11:25 am: School Performances/Clinics

11:20-12:20 pm: LUNCH

12:30-1:00 pm: Masterclasses

1:10-2:45 pm: School Performances

3:15-3:30 pm: All-Star Performance @ Jordan ABC

3:30 pm: Showcase Winners Announced @ Jordan ABC

7:00 – 8:30 pm: Showcase and BSU Jazz Orchestra @ Morrison Center

8:30 -SuperBand Concert @ Morrison Center

Friday Schedule (25 minute performance slots)

8:00-9:40 am: School Performances/Clinics

9:40-9:50 am: BREAK

9:50-11:30 am: School Performances/Clinics

11:30-12:25 pm: LUNCH

12:30-1:00 pm: Masterclasses

1:10-2:40 pm: School Performances

3:15-3:30 pm: All-Star Performance @ Jordan ABC

3:30 pm: Showcase Winners Announced @ Jordan ABC

7:00 – 8:30 pm: Showcase and BSU Jazz Orchestra @ Morrison Center

8:30 – SuperBand Concert @ Morrison Center