I felt that if everyone was limited to 2 pieces max it would’ve been within a bit better timeframe. 3 hrs was a bit much. Music selections were excellently presented by high school and college students. The pro band at the end was premium
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We visited a few different venues. The Residence Inn had a nice room upstairs for the performances and seemed well ran. Unfortunately, the bands we really were looking forward to were at the Grove. The venue was terrible. Bands were set up in the bar area for the hotel. The wrist band was worth nothing, as hotel guests were sitting in the lounge, hockey fans (the hotel is attached to the hockey stadium) were drinking and rowdy, and seating was not available. How do you charge for something that the general public has access to without paying the fee? No idea why they didn't have the performance in one of the private event spaces upstairs, but basically made the ticket price worthless for that venue...
Daniel Rosenboom and Dr Mint were amazing - a one hour, non stop, weaving crescendo of the best jazz I have heard in years. What a treat for Boise! Bring them back and let’s double the audience
We bought tickets for "Club Night". We have participated in many club nights in the past. This event was a bit sparse. Did not particularly like the performances at JUMP. We did enjoy the "Chris Galli/Chuck Smith Havana Project". However, the venue was too small to accommodate the crowd. Our favorite was the "Robert Turner Trio" at the Grove. Their performance was so reminiscent of Gene Harris' style. We would like to see Club Night offered again next year with more venues.
Boise is so fortunate to have this amazing festival every year. Features incredible local and nationally known musicians.
While Club night was a great experience and the music we saw was wonderful, we were not able to access a detailed schedule of the events at each venue online. Since Club night was advertised from 6-11pm, we felt no concern getting a late start. But by 9 pm, only one venue had jazz still playing.
We enjoy symphonic music and always attend three or four performances each year, but we had never been to a jazz concert. When we read about the Gene Harris Jazz Festival in the newspaper, we thought that we would give the opening concert a try, and we are glad that we did. We'll be back again next year.
An awesome experience full of top notch talent and nostalgia with young and old fans of jazz and of Gene Harris. Only downside was that Berryhill was understaffed and not prepared, unbelievably, for the crowd and quoting different prices for the same wine. A performer had to ask for someone to turn the overhead music off, "Turn off the radio!" Unforgettable!
If you are a fan of jazz, this was the place to be! Great venue, great artists and a fantastic energy.
Club Night was always our favorite part of the GHJF, and we were very disappointed that they killed it a few years ago. But it was great to see it back this year. We had never yet been to the top floor of the new JUMP center, and what a great venue it was! Particularly at sunset as the city was starting to "light up". The Tony Monaco Trio was the highlight performance for us. In addition to his outstanding musicianship, his facial expressions and animation drive home again, the delights of seeing live music. A CD, as wonderful as it might be, could never capture the essence of the music like seeing it live. So three points of advice to the festival coordinators. 1. Keep Club Night 2. Keep the JUMP center as a venue. 3. Bring back Tony Monaco as often as you can get him to Boise!