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Emmet Cohen Trio
featuring Lucy Yeghiazaryan
Live from Emmet’s Place in Boise!
September 24-25*, 2023
Sponsored by Dara and Joe Longobardi

*Free, Jazz Education Events
Boise State University
Morrison Center Recital Hall

Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation's pivotal figures in music and the related arts. Leader of the Emmet Cohen Trio and creator of the Masters Legacy Series, he is an internationally acclaimed jazz artist, a dedicated educator, the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards, and a finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. Cohen headlines regularly at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Village Vanguard, and Birdland, and has appeared at the Newport, Monterey, and North Sea jazz festivals. His artistry has taken him to venues and festivals in over 30 countries. Cohen's entrepreneurial energies led to his developing "Live From Emmet's Place," a live-streamed "Harlem rent party" that unites a worldwide audience via tens of millions of internet views. Cohen has released over ten albums as leader and has performed or recorded with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, George Coleman, Jimmy Heath, Tootie Heath, Houston Person, Christian McBride, and Kurt Elling.  Visit: https://emmetcohen.com/


Brad Mehldau Trio: "In The Still Of The Night" @ JAZZ À SÈTE

Brad Mehldau Trio
Steinway Artist, Author,
and Grammy Winner!
November 12, 2023
Sponsored by Dara and Joe Longobardi

         Grammy Award winning jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has recorded and performed extensively since the early 1990s. Mehldau’s most consistent output over the years has taken place in the trio format. Starting in 1996, his group released a series of five records on Warner Bros. entitled The Art of the Trio (recently re-packaged and re-released as a 5-Disc box set by Nonesuch in late 2011).   He is first and foremost an improviser, and greatly cherishes the surprise and wonder that can occur from a spontaneous musical idea that is expressed directly, in real time. But he also has a deep fascination for the formal architecture of music, and it informs everything he plays. In his most inspired playing, the actual structure of his musical thought serves as an expressive device. As he plays, he listens to how ideas unwind, and the order in which they reveal themselves. Each tune has a strongly felt narrative arch, whether it expresses itself in a beginning, an end, or something left intentionally open-ended.
       Please visit: https://www.bradmehldaumusic.com/

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Harold Lopez Nussa. "Elegua" - @North sea Jazz Festival

Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio plus Grégoire Maret
The Soul of Cuban Jazz Today!
December 3-4*, 2023
Sponsored by Richard’s Restaurant & Bar | The Inn at 500 Capitol Blvd.

*Free, Jazz Education Events
Boise State University
Morrison Center Recital Hall

         The music of pianist/composer Harold López-Nussa reflects the full range and richness of Cuban music, with its distinctive combination of classical, folkloric and popular elements as well as its embrace of jazz improvisation and interaction. López-Nussa studied classical piano at the Manuel Saumell Elementary School of Music, the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory and the Instituto Superior de Artes (ISA). His career gracefully spans styles, from his recording of Heitor Villa-Lobos ́ Fourth Piano Concerto with Cuba’s National Symphony Orchestra to his featured role on the album Ninety Miles, playing alongside jazz stars David Sánchez, Christian Scott and Stefon Harris.  On Timba a la Americana, López-Nussa is joined by Grégoire Maret, a Grammy Award-winning harmonica player who has played with Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Prince and other legends.  Luques Curtis (bass) has shared the stage with legends such as Gary Burton and Eddie Palmieri.  The two musicians will join Ruy Adrian López-Nussa, Harold's brother and longtime drummer, to complete the band.
      Please visit:  https://www.haroldlopeznussa.com/


Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra at New Trier's 2018 Jazzfest   

Delfeayo Marsalis and the
Uptown Jazz Orchestra
A Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday Extravaganza!
February 13, 2024** | 7:00 p.m. Morrison Center Main Hall
Sponsored by Paula Knickerbocker & Jo-Anne and Jeff Smith

** Swinging with the Cool School!
Free Student Education Event | 10 a.m. 

         As an acclaimed trombonist, composer, and producer, Delfeayo Marsalis has also dedicated his prolific career to music theatre and education.  Along with the Marsalis family of musicians including his father Ellis, the artist was destined to a life in music.  Delfeayo has toured internationally with jazz legends such as Ray Charles, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones and Slide Hampton, as well as leading his own groups.  In 2008, he formed the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, a highly entertaining ensemble that focuses on maintaining important jazz traditions such as riff playing, New Orleans polyphony and spontaneous arrangements.  Delfeayo also formed the Uptown Music Theatre in 2000. A non-profit organization that empowers youth through musical theatre training. He has written sixteen musicals to date based on historical and/or uniting the community.  In addition, he has composed over 90 songs that help introduce kids to jazz through musical theatre and has reached over 5,000 students nationally with his Swinging with the Cool School soft introduction to jazz workshops.  Marsalis has a dual Bachelor’s degree in Music performance and Production from Berklee College of Music, and a Masters in Jazz Performance from the University of Louisville. A Doctorate has also been conferred from the New England College.
       Please visit:  https://www.dmarsalis.com/
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Don't Ever Call Me Again - Goldings/Bernstein/Stewart Organ Trio, Live at Caffè Vivace

Goldings/Bernstein/Stewart Organ Trio
Quintessential Hammond B3 Trio!
March 24-25*, 2024
Sponsored by Sandra & John Streiff and Cathy and Ron Yoder

*Free, Jazz Education Events
Boise State University
Morrison Center Recital Hall

              In the mid 1990s, The New York Times described Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, and Bill Stewart as “the best organ trio of the last decade.”  The trio, which has now been together for over 30 years, has been recognized for charting new ground, with its synergistic playing, and thoughtful music.  They have over a dozen recordings, all of which display their distinctive sound, whether exploring the depths of jazz standards, or playing their own original compositions.  Of their newest offering, Toy Tunes (Pirouet), Downbeat said, “The whole album subtly subverts organ-trio cliches, offering not chicken-shack party stomps but instead some hip after-hours atmospherics…4 stars”

        Larry Goldings, with his signature Hammond organ style and versatility on many keyboards.  A Boston native, Larry has traversed not only the wide spectrum of jazz where he is perhaps best known, but also the worlds of funk, pop, and electronic music.

        Guitarist Peter Bernstein has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989.  During that time he has participated in over 200 recordings and numerous festival, concert and club performances with musicians from all generations.  He got his first break while attending the New School when he met the legendary guitarist Jim Hall. Hall asked Peter to participate in his Invitational Concert as part of the 1990 JVC Jazz Festival.
      Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, drummer/composer Bill Stewart made his name as the rhythmic force behind guitarist John Scofield.  Stewart’s playing is distinguished by its melodic focus, and its polyrhythmic, or layered, character.  Although his drumming bears the influence of various melodic and swinging drummers who preceded him, Stewart’s voice is clearly his own, and has influenced a younger generation of drummers.
       Please visit:  https://bnatural.nyc/artists/goldings-bernstein-stewart-organ-trio/

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James Morrison Quartet
Swinging Multi-Instrumentalist Virtuoso!
April 14-15*, 2024
Sponsored by the Catherine and James DeBlasio Family
*Free, Jazz Education Events
Boise State University
Morrison Center Recital Hall
James Morrison is, by anybody’s standard, a virtuoso in the true sense of the word.  Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist also plays trombone, piano, saxophone and double bass. His international career developed just as quickly with a debut in the USA at the Monterey Jazz Festival at age sixteen.  Following this were performances at the world’s major jazz festivals, including Montreux, North Sea, Nice and the Hollywood Bowl, playing with many of the legends of jazz - Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ray Brown and Wynton Marsalis to name a few.  James also frequents the world’s most famous jazz clubs, such as Birdland, The Blue Note and Village Vanguard in New York, the New Morning in
Paris, the Tokyo Blue Note and Ronnie Scott’s in London.
       Please visit: https://www.jamesmorrison.com/

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