Swingtime in Springtime

Leave behind all your past angst and worry because the best of the best is bringing you live jazz. Boise Music Weeks LIVE 2022 All That’s Jazz! will be featuring professional jazz musicians whose roots are in Boise, and their branches swing though Idaho, the USA and beyond. The bass instrument may walk, but listen to your inner voice, mark your scores, pick up your tempo and get ready to groove to this gotta-be-there jazz happening.


Farayi Malek is a jazz and contemporary vocalist, a composer, and a passionate music educator. In high school she attended the Fresco Arts Academy, Eagle, ID and studied vocal jazz. She graduated from Berklee College of Music and is now an assistance professor at Berklee, a Pop Ensemble teacher at Berklee’s City Music Boston High School, a faculty member at New England Conservatory as R&B Ensemble coach and private studio instructor.

Justin Nielsen, piano, is a performer, composer, internationally recognized recording artist and mentor/teacher residing in Boise. He is featured on scores of recordings. He is a chartered member of the Kobie Watkins Grouptet whose last recording was named as one of the top 10 jazz records of 2018 by the Chicago Tribune. He is founder/owner of the online Sing Music Academy. Many of his former students are professional musicians.  www.justinnielsenmusic.net

Tom Jensen, bass player, is a professional musician, recording artist, composer, arranger and orchestrator for shows in the US and Europe. As a bassist he has played throughout the US, Europe and in various jazz ensembles. He is a teacher residing in Boise.

Jens Kuross, drums, is a vocalist, songwriter, drummer and an “alternative producer“ residing in Boise. Jens spent his teenage years thrashing his way through Rage Against the Machine and Beastie Boys Covers in dive bars of his native Idaho. After graduating from Berklee, Jens moved to LA and within a few months he was touring the world as a drummer.

Robyn O’Donahue, vocalist, is a native Idahoan who has loved scatting since age 10. She was a high-school vocal jazz standout and placed first in the Idaho Music Educators State Classical Voice competition. As a social work major, Robyn was a participant in Northwest Nazarene University’s vocal jazz ensemble, the Northwesterners, University Choir and Orchestra. She is continuing her jazz performance career and education in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, attending graduate school at the University of North Texas & Texas Woman’s University. https://www.facebook.com/robyn.odonahu

Justin Nielsen, piano (See above.) www.justinnielsenmusic.net

Troy Ferguson, upright bassist, attended Edmonds Community College performing with Soundsation, California State University/Long Beach and BSU. He is a sergeant with Ada County Sheriff’s Department, a member of Essential Jazz and performs with many well-known bands and artists in the Boise area.

Patrick Kurdy, drums, attended The New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music and BSU. He a founding member of Onomatopia, is a member of Essential Jazz as well as many other Boise bands. He is the current president of the Idaho Jazz Education Endowment which raises funds then offers significant scholarships to local jazz artists. www.idahojazzeducationendowment.com

All That’s Jazz! Co-Chairs

Julia Kole is in retirement and recently moved with her husband to Naples, FL. She was blessed to spend her adult life in Boise as a private and adjunct voice teacher at BSU and C of I; solo, operatic, oratorio, choral & church singer; an opera/musical stage director and musical director and spent her last 22 years as a choral director in the BPS. julia.kole@boisemusicweek.org

Linda Elliott Schmidt is currently a Voice Instructor at Northwest Nazarene University. Prior to this, she was the Interim Director of Choral Activities at Boise State University. During her career with the Boise School District, she was selected Idaho Educator of the Year and District III Choral Educator of the Year. Linda is a member of the New Modernaires, 5-voice jazz group, with Kings of Swing Big Band. She is also the director and singer of the adult Jazz Choir, Essential Jazz.

A special thanks for the time and support of BSD’s Supervisor of Music and Art, Benji Simmonds, the Borah Choir Director, Rudy Kammel and Leasing Coordinator of Facilities and Operations, Shawna Osich. ATJ’s will be performing in Borah auditorium on Saturday, May 7th, 2022 at 7:00 PM. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. All Boise Music Events are free, but your donation of any size will make our jazzers “Jump, Jive and Wail!”