first of its kind in the Boise area, Essential Jazz is
the brainchild of Founder and Director, Linda Elliott
Schmidt. With the
help of Quinn Van Paepeghem and many friends and
colleagues, this group was started in January of 2013.
Jazz is made up of 15 singers and 4 combo members.
The singers' end is made up of many local choir
educators and other stand-out singers, often former
singers of the choir directors of the group. The
combo is made up of outstanding performing musicians and
educators from the Treasure Valley.
came together with a love for the beauty and power of
music, and the message that can be shared through
music. We stay together out of the joy of
rehearsing and performing great music, and because of
the great fun and fellowship of vocal jazz lovers
spending time together.
debuted in May 2013 for
the Idaho Jazz Society Scholarship Fundraiser at
the Riverside Hotel Sapphire Room. Since then, EJ
has continued to perform around the Treasure Valley and
is looking forward to continuing to sing and play for
repertoire includes charts from Frank Sinatra to Jamie
Cullum to Little Big Town. We have an eclectic
program that is rich with tradition, but also features
newer pieces and newer artists. Our emphasis is to
bring joy through music to our community and to
encourage music education.
out our upcoming calendar and our personnel bios to see
what Essential Jazz is all about. Come
see us soon!