Jazz

Gene Harris Jazz Festival

The legacy of the late Gene Harris is celebrated in the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, which next week celebrates its 20th anniversary. Dr. Alex Noppe, director of jazz studies at Boise State University, is a celebrated trumpeter, composer and scholar and the person who now oversees the jazz festival.

Noppe talks with Weekend Edition host George Prentice about this year's festival slate, the return of "club night" to downtown Boise, and Harris' musical spell that is cast on the next generation of great jazz artists.

Courtesy of Curtis Stigers

Boise based jazz musician Curtis Stigers and his band perform tonight in Idaho’s capitol city. He’ll sing tunes from his new album which came out earlier this year. Stigers says the songs on Let’s Go Out Tonight tell a story that evolved from working with producer Larry Klein in Los Angeles.

“For a couple of months I just got on a plane and I flew down to L.A. and I sat in Larry Klein’s studio with him and we just played records for each other like we were in 8th grade,” he told Sadie Babits in a recent interview.