Boise Blues Society took its innovative Blues-in-the-Schools educational wing of the organization to Boise State University on Nov. 19, leading Professor Rodney Zuroeveste’s Introduction to Jazz class, in the Recital Hall at Morrison Center. The program, an encore performance from last school year, featured teaching from various members of The Blues Directors band on the relationships of blues and jazz, including how the roots of each came from early American culture and music traditions.
Keyboardist Ken Harris, vocalist JT Tyler, and drummer Barney Southard all took turns speaking about their own crafts. Ken spoke of the histories of early American music styles and traditions, blues and jazz music theory, and note bending on the various musical instruments present. JT introduced “Hound Dog” with words about the progression of the blues through different stylings. Barney did an inspiring piece addressing and demonstrating different drumming styles, including New Orleans blues and jazz drumming.
The band played many popular numbers as examples of their teachings, from boogie woogie to traditional blues to familiar standards. Among the easily recognized offerings were “Route 66”, “The Thrill is Gone” with JT on lead vocal, and “Shame Shame Shame” with Carmel Crock at the mic. JT asked for a singer from the audience to join him for part of BB King’s immortal “The Thrill is Gone” and one young man gave a highly entertaining display of “scat singing” with him.
Prof. Zuroeveste even joined the band for several numbers on the saxophone to the obvious delight of his students.
Another interesting piece was Greg Addy’s performance on his homemade cigar-box guitar and description of its beginnings. It seemed likely that no one in the audience had seen or heard the unique instrument. Those of us in the Blues Society may remember when Portland’s Ben Rice played his cigar-box guitar at last summer’s Blues Festival and again at his Sapphire Room show sponsored by BBS.
The class seemed quite interested throughout and about half of them even stayed past the official closure for a rousing version of “Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down”, and gave an enthusiastic ovation. The band seemed to enjoy having another opportunity to play for a campus audience, one member commented that it’s a different experience than when the Blues-in-the-Schools program is presented to younger audiences.
For more information about the Boise Blues Soceity Blues in the Schools program, you may call Ken Harris at 208-440-4590.
Enjoy and support live blues music in the Boise area. Here’s our BBS Blues schedule through December. We’ll be back near the first of the year with our first calendar of 2016!
HIGHLIGHTING this calendar before we even get to December is next week’s Boise Blues Society Members Appreciation PartySunday afternoon, Nov. 29 at The Playhouse Boise (formerly AEN Playhouse) 8001 W Fairview Avenue (near the corner of Fairview and Milwaukee). The event starts at 1:30pm with an opening set by BBS’s “house band”, The Blues Directors, comprised largely of musicians on our board-of-directors. All BBS members old and new are invited to attend. BBS will provide appetizers and there is a no-host bar on the premises.
One lucky BBS member will win a PAIR OF FREE TICKETS TO ALL BBS-SPONSORED EVENTS AT THE SAPPHIRE ROOM IN 2016!! All members-in-good-standing through 2016 are automatically entered and you may sign up or renew your membership anytime between now and before the drawing at the event. Why not sign up or renew now so you don’t forget? You can do it at boiseblues.org/join-us/
You’ll have the chance to meet all board members, learn about the activities of our committees, and presentation of special achievement awards will be made to several community members who have been especially helpful to BBS in the past year. Then more music! Please come and celebrate the blues and our expansion of blues education and enjoyment in Treasure Valley and beyond!
Thank you to all who have renewed or signed up through 2016. If you haven’t yet, please do it today. We need your support to help us continue:
1) booking great local and regional musicians
2) sponsoring our annual Boise Blues Festival
3) hosting many more special music events and workshops
4) bringing live blues music to our schools
5) jamming for the local community of blues fans and musicians every month
6) working to spread knowledge and appreciation of blues music throughout Boise and beyond
We certainly appreciate you! Come to our party and find out how much!
Now, here’s the current calendar for the coming weeks:
Wednesday November 25, Ken Harris plays Edge Brewing, 525 N Steelhead Way, Boise, 6pm. kenharrismusic.com
Saturday November 28, Freudian Slip plays Lock Stock & Barrel, 1100 W Jefferson St Boise, 7-10pm. freudianslipboise.com/
Every Wednesday, The Blind Mice host an open jam at Tom Grainey’s (upstairs),8pm-? Drums and amps provided; bring your axe and play blues, rock, and more with other musicians. facebook.com/theblindmiceband
Wednesday December 2, Ken Harris and Carmel Crock play Sofia’s Greek Bistro, 6748 N Glenwood St, Boise, 6-9pm. kenharrismusic.com
Wednesday December 2, Jake Leg co-hosts a “Toys for Tots” benefit at the Sapphire Room with Gerry and the Dreambenders, 6:30-10:30pm, with Jake Leg opening and the Dreambenders coming on about 8. Admission is the donation of a new toy or money to the cause. The Riverside is also donating profits from food and drink sales. Get in the holiday spirit and bring your dancing shoes! sapphireboise.com/
Thursday December 3, David McT Trio plays an enjoyable mix of blues-related songs at Shangri-La Tea Room and Cafe, S Federal Way & W Overland Rd, 6-8pm. This emerging trio features Joe Young on saxophone, Carl Moore on bass, and David McT on guitars and vocals. [We were there for their recent SRO show, lots of fun in unique atmosphere. Video coming soon at BBS sites.] shangri-latearoomandcafe.com/
Friday December 4, Smooth Avenue plays The Crush Wine Bar, 78 E Eagle River St #115, Eagle, 8-11pm. Blues, Motown and light rock will be on tap. Great selection of wines, also martinis and whiskey options. [Smooth Avenue would like to thank all who came out to their recent sold-out show at the Sapphire Room. The dance floors were full of us “Smoothies” as always.] facebook.com/SmoothAvenueBand/
Friday December 11, Hoochie Coochie Men play Sockeye Grill, 3019 N Cole Rd, Boise, 7-9pm. kenharrismusic.com
Sunday December 13, BBS monthly Blues Jam at The Drink Bar & Waterfront Grill, 3000 N Lakeharbor Ln, 3-6pm. Grab your instrument and have fun jammin’ and listenin’ with everybody! boiseblues.org/?p=319
ThursdayDecember 17, David McT Trio plays an enjoyable mix of blues-related songs at Shangri-La Tea Room and Cafe S Federal Way & W Overland Rd, 6-8pm. This emerging trio features Joe Young on saxophone, Carl Moore on bass, and David McT on guitars and vocals. Also on Jan. 14 & 28, 2016. shangri-latearoomandcafe.com/
Saturday December 26, The Blues Addicts present their annual Year’s End Party in the Sapphire Room, 2900 Chinden, 7:30pm. Their own special blend of blues, blues rock and classic rock favorites. [Their last show at the Sapphire Room was SRO and had people dancing in every available space – we were among them and will be again.] brownpapertickets.com/event/2181850/
MondayDecember 28, Ken Harris and Carmel Crock play blues, jazz and other classic music at Bar365 in the Riverside Hotel lobby, 2900 E Chinden, 5-8pm.kenharrismusic.com
Thursday December 31, The Blues Brother Rock ‘n Soul Revue is at The Playhouse Boise (formerly AEN Playhouse) 8001 W Fairview Avenue (near the corner of Fairview and Milwaukee), starting at 8pm. Join Jake and Elwood and the band, along with comedian Curt Sudden, for a rockin’ fun time. There will be hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast, party hats and noise-makers. playhouseboise.com/
Remember, you can now keep up with the latest BBS info and media at many web locations, see the list at our blog: boiseblues.org/?p=1175/
Debby & Gordon Rosenberg for the BBS Board of Directors
Yes, our Boise Blues Society Members Appreciation Party is coming right up – Sunday afternoon, Nov. 29 at The Playhouse Boise (formerly AEN Playhouse) 8001 W Fairview Avenue (near the corner of Fairview and Milwaukee). We look forward to seeing you all there!
The event starts at 1:30pmwith an opening set by BBS’s “house band”, the Blues Directors, comprised largely of our board of directors. All BBS members old and new are invited to attend. The Society will provide light snacks and there is a no-host bar on the premises.
One lucky BBS member will win a PAIR OF FREE TICKETS TO ALL BBS-SPONSORED EVENTS AT THE SAPPHIRE ROOM IN 2016!! All members-in-good-standing through 2016 are automatically entered and you may sign up or renew your membership anytime between now and the drawing itself to be eligibLe. Why not sign up or renew now so you don’t forget! You can do it at http://boiseblues.org/join-us/
You’ll have the chance to meet all board members, learn about the activities of our committees, and presentation of special achievement awards will be made to several community members who have been especially helpful to BBS in the past year. Then more music!
Please come and celebrate the blues and our expansion of blues education and enjoyment in Treasure Valley and beyond!
Blues musicians and bands! Submit your upcoming events to the Boise Blues Society Calendar. Our calendar at our web site is updated continually as we hear about events, and we email it to our subscribers near the end of each month. Please notify us of your upcoming blues events so we can add them.
We also send out an event request to musicians and producers around the middle of each month. If you would like to be added to that list please send us your band/musician name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to featuring your gigs in our calendar!
Excerpt tracks from recent Nov. 8 edition of the BBS monthly Blues Jam at The Drink in Boise. We only audio recorded part of the event and didn’t even try to get all the jammers names, if you hear yourself then you know you were there. We did video the entire show, so watch here and our other sites (listed in a post below) for more to come! And come on out to The Drink next month, Dec. 13, from 3-6pm, 3000 N Lakeharbor Ln. Musicians come early and sign up for a slot to play, the rest of us can just sit back and enjoy the music and ambiance!
The Boise Blues Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, brings the blues in all its forms to fans of all ages. We promote the blues as an American art form and educate members and the public about the history and role of the blues. Contact us at 208-440-4590 or PO Box 2756, Boise, Idaho 83701.