As if Boise does not have enough musical events going on this week, on top of the shiny new Treefort Music Fest, the old—yet beloved—Gene Harris Jazz Festival will take place at Boise State Wednesday, March 21-Thursday, March 22.
This 15th installment of the annual jazz-palooza features jazz bassist Lynn Seaton and his trio as headliner. Seaton will perform in the Jordan Ballroom at 7 p.m. both evenings, and his second performance will feature collaborations with jazz saxophonist Rich Perry and the Boise State Jazz Ensemble.
Seaton started playing bass at the ripe old age of 9, and since his young beginnings, he has gone on to perform with legendary jazz maestros including Woody Herman, the Count Basie Orchestra, Tony Bennett and George Shearing, among others. He's performed on more than 100 records, including one Grammy winner and five nominees. He now teaches at the University of North Texas' highly regarded jazz program, where his focus is jazz improvisation and tours and records with the popular Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Christian Finger Band and John Fedchock in the New York Big Band.
Other Festival performers include the Boise Modern Jazz Ensemble and the winners of the Student Showcase competition.
As always, the festival will put a big emphasis on jazz education, with clinics and workshops, student jam sessions and performances from various local high schools.