BMW’s All That’s Jazz! 2020
Your heart will be touched, your mind will engage, and your toes will be tapping at Boise Music
Week’s All That’s Jazz! Night. Hear your beloved Boise favorites Patrick Kurdy, Troy Ferguson,
Camden Hughes, Synergy Jazz featuring Mary Knea, and Kings of Swing. Be ready to be amazed
by Maddie Vandel and Timberline men’s a Capella quartet. This is not a concert it is an event!
Upright bassist, Troy Ferguson, is a graduate of Capital HS and he attended Edmonds Community College performing with Soundsation, California State University/Long Beach and BSU. He is a sergeant with Ada County Sheriff’s Dept., a member of Essential Jazz and performs with many well-known bands and artists in the Boise area.
Camden Hughes is a pianist, singer-songwriter, jazz multi-instrumentalist, and music educator from Boise, ID. Well-versed in several musical genres, Camden composes and performs in the jazz, funk, soul, and songwriter idioms. Camden started the website www.LearnJazzStandards.com in 2010, which has grown into a trusted jazz education resource all over the world with over 14 million views and 50,000+ subscribers. Camden has played over 1,500 gigs in the past 15 years, working with many great musicians. Camden’s first album was “IntroSpective,” is a modern jazz collaboration earning 121% on PledgeMusic. His second album, “McCall,” released in November 2017.
Patrick Kurdy, drums, attended Capital HS, New England Conservatory and BSU, is a founding member of Onomatopia, is a member of Essential Jazz in the Boise area as well as many other Boise bands. He is current president of the Idaho Jazz Education Endowment.
Madeleine (Maddie) Vandel attends Northwest Nazarene University, and has grown up singing in churches. In high school she performed at small house concerts in Leavenworth, Washington. She also sings in the University Choir, plays in the orchestra at NNU and takes voice lessons with Linda Schmidt. She has a background in musical theater from numerous Leavenworth Summer Theater productions, high school productions, and the production of Into the Woods at NNU. Her jazz group was recently featured at The Riverside Hotel on Jazz Mondays, sponsored by the Idaho Jazz Education Endowment organization.
Just Four Tenors – A Timberline Quartet
Just Four Tenors is a quartet that’s name pretty much explains it all. Nico, Curtis, Dan and Will are members of Timberline High School Choir, and have been singing together for the last two years, and are having a great time doing it.
The evening repertoire
- It’s DeLovely– Cole Porter
- At Last– Mack Gordon/Harry Warren
- I Can Cook Too– Leonard Bernstei
- Killing Me Softly– Charles Fox/Norman Gimbel
- I Used to Be Colorblind– Irving Berli
- Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen– Sholom Secunda (with Linda Schmidt and Shirley Van Paepeghem)
Synergy Jazz began in 2018 when Mary Knea, a chameleon of song, along with hubby Rick Knea made their dream of forming a Jazz combo a reality. Synergy Jazz is Jazz Standards infused with Blues, Soul and a dose of sass. Mary, a former music educator from the Portland area moved to the Treasure Valley with Rick in 2015. A chameleon of song, Mary’s performed with Baritone great, Sidney Johnson from The New York Metropolitan Opera, recorded in Nashville, has sung in Country bands, and has enjoyed many years of acting and directing in Community Theater. Mary attributes her passion for singing to her Father who was a natural virtuoso of voice and often told Mary, “If you don’t feel it, you shouldn’t sing it.” In turn, Mary’s been “paying forward” that philosophy for over 35 years to her voice students. She a Mom of 4 and grandmother of 10
Rick Knea– upright/electric bass. By day Rick configures, designs and maintains fiber-optic networks as a Network Design Engineer. In his younger days Rick was appreciated by several choral directors for his ability to provide the solid baritone line. 15 years ago, he made the switch from singing bass to playing electric bass in worship, rock and country bands. Just 5 years ago he began his pursuit of jazz and upright bass studies. Rick says he enjoys “living the dream” of backing up his wife, Mary while he continues honing his skills in this unique genre.
Quinn Van Paepeghem – Guitar. Quinn is enjoying his 40th year as a music educator. He currently directs the Northwesterners vocal jazz ensemble at Northwest Nazarene University, assists in the music education program, teaches Choral Methods and Jazz Guitar. Quinn grew up in the Boise valley, graduating from Meridian High School. He holds Music Education degrees from the University of Oregon, and Boise State University. Prior to his university appointments, he taught high school choral music for 34 years. Quinn is an avid jazz guitarist, and heads his own jazz quintet with his wife, Shirley. He has performed with the Cascade Festival of Music All-Star Big Band, (Bend, OR), and played for Rosana, Eckert, Karrin Alyson, Pete Cristlieb, Alyssa Schwary, Bobby Shew, Rob Verdi and others.
Joining us this evening are the very skilled Patrick Kurdy on drums (see above bio) and on keys the “youngster” who keeps us on our toes, Nick Monteiro. Nick’s a Piano Performance and Music Industry Major at NNU who’s name I’m sure we’ll be seeing in lights in the near future!
Kings of Swing
The Kings of Swing Band was created by Boise’s musical genius, Gib Hochstrasser, nearly fifty years ago. Gib spent countless hours transcribing the music of the Big Band Era…every note…every solo….and recreated the greatest music of the era with the finest musicians in Boise.
The Kings have performed at every major event in the region for years…..from Las Vegas to Denver and throughout the entire Northwest.
Following Gib’s death in 1999 Tom Phelps took over leadership of the band and purchased the Kings library of Gib’s arrangements from the family. Tom holds a Ph.D. in music from the University of Utah and continues the tradition of performing the greatest music of the the Big Bands with the Kjngs.
The Kings of Swing have been featured at the Sun Valley Jazz Festival every year since its creation. The Kings have performed with the Boise Philharmonic, Meridian Symphony, and performed Swing Kings, with Ballet Idaho as a tribute to Big Band Swing Dancing.
Linda Schmidt & Julia Kole
Borah High School Auditorium
6001 W Cassia St, Boise, ID 83709
Saturday – May 9th, 2020
The Auditorium is on the far west of the high school (South of the tennis courts). You may park in any of the lots but the west lot will provide you the least walking distance. Passengers can be dropped off near the entrance but can create congestion if the driver tries to turn around instead of driving all the way around the high school.