Thursday, June 24, 2010

Jazz At the River 2010

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Did you know Eagle is home to Grammy-nominated jazz singer Jeff Baker? He and his friends will be performing this weekend at the second annual Jazz At the River festival.

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Celebrating the arts in Boise’s classy-little-sister town, the four day event combines jazz music with fine art, food and wine.

Located about 2.5 miles west of downtown Eagle, Jazz At the River will take place at several venues including Eagle’s new jazz club, the Blue Door Cafe, and on the landscaped grounds outside the Tudor-style Camille Beckman factory.

Tonight, head over to the opening concert—tickets are $10—at the Blue Door for a jam with 22 world-class jazz musicians starting at 7 p.m. Many of them are friends of Grammy-nominated jazz singer Jeff Baker, who teaches vocals at ArtsWest.

Baker has performed internationally and his friends hail from heavyweight music cities like Los Angeles (drummer Joe LaBarbera), New York (pianists Bruce Barth and Orrin Evans) and Chicago (drummer Kobie Watkins).

Friday night is Jazz Jam Night where $15 gets you into three Eagle locations: The Blue Door, Cool Hand Luke’s and The Griddle. Saturday, the musicians will perform in Camille Beckman’s gardens from 2-10 p.m. Tickets are $25.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, top Eagle chefs from restaurants like Bardenay, Bella Aquila and BanBury Golf Club will match local fare with vintages from wineries like 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, Cold Springs Winery and Periple, combining the best Idaho has to offer from both vineyard and kitchen. Each night the cost is $10 for eight pairings. Friday and Sunday night the chef's tent will be set up on the ArtsWest campus; Saturday it will be at Camille Beckman.

An all-festival pass for the weekend concerts costs $40; VIP access, which includes preferred seating, after-parties, meet-and-greets and a complimentary CD is $75.

There will also be an art show and silent auction on the Camille Beckman lawn as well as free art and music activities geared for children throughout the weekend. Classes in art and jazz music will be offered during the festival. Some are free, some require a fee.

All proceeds benefit arts education in Eagle.

Click here for a full schedule of performers.

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