Break out the smoking jacket and head one of Idaho's favorite havens for a weekend of sophistication. With high quality music and plenty to drink, this is a weekend getaway that will make Don Draper jealous.
Jazz education activities, clinics and a roster of live music fill out both days of the festival, centered on a big band theme. That includes performances by 30 big bands made up of Idaho students, playing from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. both days in the Jordan Ballroom of the Student Union Building at Boise State. The Boise State Big Band performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday and 4 p.m. Thursday in the university's Special Events Center.
The local white dinner jacket-clad swing band has held court every Thursday night at Pengilly's Saloon for ages, and Saturday, March 9, it will drop its latest 12-track album, I'm a Shy Guy, at the Linen Building with the Dancing and Martinis album release party.
Sunday, Feb. 24-Monday, Feb. 25 at Esther Simplot Performing Arts Center and Morrison Center
By Josh Gross
Hersch spent two months in a coma in 2008 because of complications from AIDS and spent months relearning how to bend scales at the level that made The New York Times call him "singular among the trailblazers of their art." But he pulled it off.