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Gene Harris Jazz Festival

The 25th Gene Harris Jazz Festival will take place on March 31 and April 1, 2022!  Club night will be March 31st and the Headline Concert will be April 1st.  MS and lower-div schools will perform on the 31st, upper-div schools on the 1st. Stay tuned!

The 24th Annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival has come and gone.

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The Month of Virtual Jazz Education impacted more students and viewers than any other previous festival. For the 25th festival, we intend to be back in person! Stay tuned for more info!

The Gene Harris Jazz Festival seeks to enrich the Treasure Valley by bringing world-class performing artists into contact with local students and community members both on and off-campus. The festival seeks to bolster the practice of comprehensive music education at Boise State University by supporting scholarships, guest artists, and the festival itself.

This year, the festival theme is that of the Big-Band era.  Coinciding with the centenary of Thad Jones, 2022 is the year of the Big Band at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival. Expect to see multiple Big-Bands, as well as the elite “Super Band” consisting of professional jazz artists and educators from around the country. This will be the finale event after the Boise Jazz Society hosts Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center in February at the Morrison Center.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has hit the arts community hard, and musicians the hardest. If you are in a position to support music, your donation(s) will immediately impact the Department of Music.  Contributions to the Gene Harris Jazz Festival will enable us to continue building Gene’s endowment in support of comprehensive music education at Boise State University.


Key Points

  • Return to an in-person event, including Club Night
  • Additional virtual resources available for educators and patrons
  • Multiple Big-Bands performing during club night
  • Showcase performances downtown at the Egyptian Theater

Stay Posted for More Information!