Influences & Inspiration
In the jazz genre Boise Queen has always been highly influenced by jazz pianist McCoy Tyner,Ahmad Jamal,Oscar Peterson and Yanni . In the classical genre he has been strongly motivated by such composer pianists as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ferrante and Teicher out of the 1960's and 70's era; as well as pianists such as Leonard Pennario,Andre Watts as well as the late great Vladimir Horowitz. and of course, Leonard Bernstein. Much of this influence is due primarily to early exposure to classical music since the age of 10. Boise has been playing the piano since the age of six and is 100% plus ear trained in music. Boise received a formal music education through the "Chicago School of Music" and then on to the Chicago Conservatory during which time he became acquainted with classical
pianist Jane Dix of Cicero,IL. He started taking instructions under her guidance that lasted from 1965 until 1973. Boise often recalls her progressive methods in bringing out the creativity in the students she had. He recalls: "You would be playing through a piece of manuscript and then suddenly...without warning she would take the manuscript away from in front of you and demanded that you "keep playing" do not stop! " When asked early on of this practice as to why she would do that; her explanation was quite simply " I want to hear your spontaneity in implementing your creative abilities to a piece of music that began as totally "unfamiliar" to you. Years later after her death in 1983 that practice paid off in Boise being able to sit down at a piano and aptly apply arrangement to almost any piece of music even simultaneous to learning to play it.