Gene Harris Jazz Festival 

Wednesday-Thursday, April 2-3

Springtime never fails to deliver a certain joie de vivre, but for lucky Idahoans it also brings sax, and lots of it. Jazz sax, that it--as in the melodies of the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, set to run Wednesday, April 2-Thursday, April 3, at the Boise State Student Union Building.

True, it's not all about the sax, because there's also plenty of trumpet, trombone, piano and improvisation to go around.

This year's festival will boast a slew of opportunities for participation, including hands-on instruction in the form of clinics and workshops, but there will also be no shortage of live performances for those who prefer jazz as a spectator sport.

Now in its 17th year, the Gene Harris Jazz Festival serves to raise funds for an endowment that provides financial support for guest artists, as well as scholarships for Boise State jazz music students.

Award-winning trombonist Wycliffe Gordon will serve as this year's guest artist, hosting clinics on both Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, as well as performing live with the Gene Harris Festival Superband in the evenings.

Student big bands from around the state will also be playing throughout both days of the event.

Full-day admission costs $15. Day parking costs $1 and evening parking will be free with purchase of ticket.

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