Words & Deeds

Musical celebration of life to be held for Boise musician Phil Garonzik


The local music community is mourning last week’s death of saxophone and flute player Phil Garonzik.

A longtime Boise musician, Garonzik was a member of grooving, horn-fueled Idaho rock band Fat Chance, which released an album on RCA Records in 1972. In the ensuing decades, he performed with multiple Treasure Valley groups including blues band the Hoochie Coochie Men. Garonzik’s formidable chops allowed him to share the stage with national acts who passed through Boise. He was one of the owners of the Blues Bouquet, a popular Downtown blues club in the 1990s. In recent years, jazz-loving diners at Chandlers regularly watched Garonzik perform.

Friend and Hoochie Coochie Men member Ken Harris emailed information about funeral arrangements and a celebration of life for Garonzik.

“Sax/flute master Phil G passed away recently. He was the original sax/flute man for the Hoochie Coochie Men and on their CD “For A Good Time Call.” Phil was a jazz luminary for many years in the Boise area and played in many area bands stretching all the way back to Fat Chance in the early 1970s.

Phil and his music will be missed. His funeral service will be held this Tuesday, Feb. 16, at First Baptist Church, 607 N. 13th St. at 2 p.m.

Immediately following will be a musical celebration of Phil’s life at the Sapphire Room at the Riverside Hotel featuring many of Phil’s musician buddies. We hope you will join us.”