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Gene Harris Jazz Festival

April 4-5, 2024

  • All events are free and open to the public
  • See the Schedule tab below for a complete list of events

Welcome to the Gene Harris Jazz Festival!

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 onto the Boise State University campus each year to perform, listen, learn, and experience the living American art form known as Jazz. A hallmark of the event is school performances in the iconic Morrison Center concert hall, along with performances on both nights by the Gene Harris Super Band; a legacy ensemble staffed by the same professionals and educators who work with the students throughout the festival. 

2024 School Schedule

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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.