April 7, 2005

Gene Harris/ Biography

Jazz great and Grammy award winning pianist Gene Harris became a household name in Boise, Idaho. His passing in 2000 was a personal loss for many and for the century-old music traditions of jazz and rhythm and blues.

Joan Cartan-Hansen interviews Janie Harris and Bob Evancho, co-authors of “Elegant Soul, The Life and Music of Gene Harris.” Harris and Evancho took more than three years of research and travel to write the book which includes interviews with childhood friends, family, bandmates and journalists.

Learn more about the namesake of Idaho’s annual “Gene Harris Jazz Festival” and the contributions he made to music and to the lives of those he touched.