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Special Hampton-Goodman Tribute at 50th Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

January 25, 2017

The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival will celebrate its 50th year with a unique set honoring Lionel Hampton’s and Benny Goodman’s careers on Friday, Feb. 24. The Hampton-Goodman Tribute features Stefon Harris on vibraphone, Anat Cohen on clarinet, Joe Doubleday on vibraphone and Felix Peikli on clarinet.

Up-and-coming stars Doubleday and Peikli will perform works in a style reminiscent of the Benny Goodman Quartet of the 1930s. Immediately after, Harris and Cohen will perform a contemporary rendition of the same work that reflects today’s most innovative trends in jazz. This juxtaposition embodies the heart of the festival’s theme – “Grounded in Tradition. Breaking New Ground.”

Headlining the 2017 festival is four-time Grammy award-winner Esperanza Spalding, critically acclaimed vocal group New York Voices and returning artist and Grammy nominee René Marie and Experiment in Truth.

The House Rhythm section featured throughout this year’s festival includes Mike Kocour on piano, Jon Hamar on bass, Gary Hobbs on drums and Corey Christiansen on guitar. 

The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, which was re-incorporated into the nationally accredited Lionel Hampton School of Music in UI’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, will host nearly 4,000  music students from across the region. The evening shows will not only feature world-renown jazz artists but will also highlight outstanding student performers from the daytime competition on the festival’s main stage.

All evening concerts will be held at the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center and will start at 7:30 p.m.

Full lineup:

Thursday, Feb. 23

Friday, Feb. 24      

  • New York Voices
  • Hampton-Goodman Tribute featuring Stefon Harris and Anat Cohen
  • Festival solo/combo winners

Saturday, Feb. 25

  • Esperanza Spalding
  • Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Big Band with guests Julia Keefe and Claudio Roditi
  • Festival solo/combo winners

Tickets are available through the University of Idaho Ticket Office located in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, by phone at 1-888-8-UIDAHO or online at Prices range from $15 - $45 per night, and special UI employee, student and youth ticket prices are available.

For more information on the 2017 festival, visit, follow the festival’s Facebook page or call 208-885-5900.

Media Contacts

Marie Linehan
Marketing Coordinator
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Aaron Mayhugh
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

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