It may not be the best name for a jazz combo group, but since pianist Paul Tillotson founded the group back when both he and MTV were still young, the name for the Borah High School choir's instrumental jazz combo has stuck: The Borah Squids.
Though he now lives in New York, Tillotson returns to Boise each year not only to visit family and play a week of high-energy shows at Lock, Stock and Barrel, but also to visit his alma mater.
On Monday, Jan. 11, Tillotson will share the Borah High auditorium stage with his beloved Squids--a jazz combo made up of some of the best performers in Borah's music program--as well as the Borah Jazz Band, the Borah Jazz Orchestra and Contemporary Directions Vocal Ensemble, an after-school choir run by students.
This event is free to attend, so you can take the visiting in-laws along and it won't cost a thing. You'll hear one of the best jazz pianists working either side of the Mississippi, and donations are accepted at the door, all of which will go toward the Paul Tillotson Scholarship, also an annual event. Each year, one Borah High music student is selected by Tillotson from among a group of applicants and awarded a $1,000 scholarship.