One of the most profound and lasting impacts that the late Gene Harris had on the Boise Community was his presence at local jam sessions. Gene could be found down at the venues such as the Idanha and the Grove hotel each night, where he would invite local students and artists to jam. Gene would patiently accompany them and help them to learn and experience the living American Artform of jazz in the same way that he and the other great jazz masters learned. This type of experience is one that is more and more lacking from the formative experiences of jazz students globally.
For the 2022-2023 year, the Gene Harris Jazz Festival is instituting a new program, “Gene Harris Jam Night.”
Jam night will be held downtown, at willing local venues, several times per semester. A local professional band will serve as the “house band,” and the jam session will be free and open to the public. Students from around the treasure valley are encouraged to come and jam and tune lists will be made available ahead of time and music provided at the jam sessions so that all experience levels will have access.
GHJF Jam Night
Thursday, September 22nd – Grove Hotel – Alex Sjobeck
Thursday, October 20th – Grove Hotel – Dave Gluck
Thursday, November 3rd – The FunkyTaco – Dave Gluck
Thursday, January 26th – Location TBD – Dave Gluck
Thursday, February 9th – Location TBD – Alex Sjobeck
Thursday, March 16th – The FunkyTaco – Jens Kuross/Justin Neilsen