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Paquito D’Rivera Quintet

Iconic Cuban Jazz!
September 26 & 27*, 2021
Sponsored by Dara and Joe Longobardi

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

Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. The winner of fourteen GRAMMY Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. Born in Havana, Cuba, he performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra, studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music and, at 17, became a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony. His numerous recordings include more than 30 solo albums.

While Paquito D’Rivera’s discography reflects a dedication and enthusiasm for Jazz, Bebop and Latin music, his contributions to classical music are impressive. They include solo performances with the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. In addition to his extraordinary performing career as an instrumentalist, Mr. D’Rivera has rapidly gained a reputation as an accomplished composer. The prestigious music house, Boosey and Hawkes, is the exclusive publisher of Mr. D’Rivera’s compositions. Paquito has been awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition and appointed Composer-In-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

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Etienne Mbappé and the Prophets

World Jazz Fusion!
November 7 & 8*, 2021
Sponsored by Richard's Restaurant and Bar
*Free, Jazz Education Events
Boise State University
Morrison Center Recital Hall

With a rich, singing tone and an unerring gift for melody, bassist Etienne Mbappé imparts even the most demanding musical contexts with a grace, warmth, and humanity that transcends boundaries, genres, and languages. His gifts have been put to use as a member of John McLaughlin’s 4th Dimension and the Ringers, along sideman appearances with Joe Zawinul, Manu Dibango, Robben Ford, Salif Keita, Ray Charles, Steps Ahead, and saxophonist Bill Evans.

Now audiences can experience Mbappé's new band the Prophets – featuring Christophe Cravéro (acoustic and electric piano), Anthony Jambon (guitars), Clément Janinet (violin), Arno de Casanove (trumpet, flugelhorn), Hervé Gourdikian (tenor saxophone), and Nicholas Viccaro (drums, percussion). With the unusual trumpet/tenor/violin frontline leading the way, the Prophets explore Mbappé originals, which touch on a number of international traditions while bridging cultural divides via deft musicianship and a thoughtful, conversational improvisational approach. “My music is influenced by places I have traveled, people I meet, colors I see, flavors that I taste, fun that I’ve had, and, sometimes, the pain that I feel,” Mbappé explains. “We live in a complex world today. I want nothing more than to bring that joy and understanding to people through music.”

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Bill Charlap-Renee Rosnes Duo

Quintessential NYC Pianists!
December 5 & 6*, 2021
Sponsored by Paula Knickerbocker
*Free, Jazz Education Events
Boise State University
Morrison Center Recital Hall

Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap, two of the premiere pianists in jazz, have joined forces to traverse the many musical touchstones of the couple’s respective careers. The result may be considered one of the most iconic piano duos in the jazz world today.

Grammy Award winning pianist, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Bill is artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival and has produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center at the Hollywood Bowl.

Renee Rosnes is one of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. Upon moving to New York City from Vancouver, Canada, she quickly established a reputation of high regard, touring and recording with such masters as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, J.J. Johnson, James Moody, and legendary bassist Ron Carter. She was a charter member of the all-star ensemble, the SFJAZZ Collective, and along with leading her own quartet, is a member of Artemis, a collaborative group of international jazz artists.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis**

The Voice of American Jazz!
February 13, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
Morrison Center Main Hall
Sponsored by the Barry B. Staum Endowment,
Boise Jazz Society Members and Donors
**Jazz for Young People Program
Morrison Center Main Hall
February 14, 2022 | TBD

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by trumpeter and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, comprises 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today, emphasizing the history of jazz, particularly the compositions of Duke Ellington. Recent recordings such as The Abyssinian Mass, the music of Charlie Parker, John Lewis, Charles Mingus, and Wayne Shorter, among many others. Under the leadership of Marsalis, the band performs at its home in Lincoln Center, tours throughout the U.S. and abroad, visits schools, appears on television, and performs with symphony orchestras.

Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer and bandleader, an educator, and a leading advocate of American culture. He has created and performed an expansive range of music from quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras and tap dance to ballet, expanding the vocabulary for jazz and classical music with a vital body of work that places him among the world’s finest musicians and composers. Always swinging, Marsalis blows his trumpet with a clear tone, a depth of emotion and a unique, virtuosic style derived from an encyclopedic range of trumpet techniques. When you hear Marsalis play, you’re hearing life being played out through music. Wynton’s core beliefs and foundation for living are based on the principals of jazz. He promotes individual creativity, collective cooperation (swing), gratitude and good manners, and faces adversity with persistent optimism. With his evolved humanity and through his selfless work, Marsalis has elevated the quality of human engagement for individuals, social networks and cultural institutions throughout the world.

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Matt Wilson’s Arts and Crafts

Seriously Joyous Swing!
March 13 & 14*, 2022
Sponsored by the Catherine & James DeBlasio Family
*Free, Jazz Education Events
Boise State University
Morrison Center Recital Hall

Few musicians embody the spontaneous energy of jazz like Matt Wilson. The New York-based drummer combines buoyant zeal, idiosyncratic style, infectious humor, joyous swing, and an indomitable spirit of surprise. Together, with his universally recognized personal warmth, these qualities have made Wilson one of the most in-demand players and educators on the modern jazz scene, both beloved and respected by his peers, elders and students. Whether anchoring an all-star group at the White House, juggling tricky rhythmic swerves with his own quartets, celebrating the holidays with his Christmas Tree-O, exploring the poetry of Carl Sandburg, sensitively supporting vocalists such as Dena DeRose, presenting concerts at a neighborhood church or donning a superhero cape to inspire young musicians to embrace their individuality, Matt approaches music as a man on a mission: fostering a lively and passionate connection between music and people, whether they be playing or listening to it. Matt’s also co-led another dozen albums, including duo outings with Lee Konitz and Steve Beresford, Sifter (a trio with Mary Halvorson and Kirk Knuffke), MOB Trio, and the acclaimed Trio M, with his alliterative partner, Myra Melford and Mark Dresser.


Dianne Reeves-Romero Lubambo Duo

Intimate Duo Sans Pareil!
May 15, 2022
Sponsored in Memory of Patti and Les Smith

The Dianne Reeves-Romero Lubambo Duo exemplifies music that has developed from more than 20 years with concerts, recordings, trips and various musical experiences among the two artists. Over the past few years, Dianne has won 5 Grammys Awards on CDs with Romero's participation, in addition to having performed together hundreds of shows in various formats, from "duo" to Symphonic Orchestras. Their Duo concerts cover a wide range of musical influences ranging from the heaviest Blues, passing through fast and aggressive rhythms and improvisations, to the most serene and sensitive interpretation for the American Jazz classics. With this repertoire, they have been on the best jazz stages, including Carnegie Hall and other important stages in the world, always bringing energy and a lot of inspiration to the audience.

Dianne's a five-time Grammy winner, who has recorded and extensively performed the world over to international acclaim, including with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis, who said of Reeves, “She has one of the most powerful, purposeful and accurate voices of this or any time.” Reeves has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. In addition, she was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first singer to ever perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Romero's guitar playing unites the styles and rhythms of his native Brazilian musical heritage with his fluency in the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive new sound. He is an uncommonly gifted soloist and musical improviser with a steady stream of unpredictably creative musical thoughts and the virtuosity to deliver them. Romero's versatility as an acoustic and electric guitarist is always "spot on," whether performing with Dianne's larger ensemble, his own Trio da Paz, or with the likes of Kenny Barron, George Garzone, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Luciana Souza, Paquito D'Rivera, and classical artists such as Yo -Yo-Ma or Kathleen Battle.

Season Contributors

Season Sponsors

Dara and Joe Longobardi
Barry B. Staum Endowment


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Concert Sponsors

Dara and Joe Longobardi
Ann and Scott Tuthill

In Memory of Patti and Les Smith

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The Catherine and James Deblasio Family
Paula Knickerbocker
The Barry B. Staum Boise Jazz Society Endowment

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