2013 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Offers Workshops with Artists and Educators

Wednesday, February 13 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – The 2013 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, which runs from Feb. 20-23 in Moscow, Idaho, will offer workshops by world-class jazz educators, musicians and University of Idaho faculty.

In addition to music focused workshops, the festival offers numerous dance workshops and interdisciplinary “Thinking About College” workshops that explore the relationships between the university’s academic disciplines and jazz.

This year, expanded offerings for the “Thinking About College” workshops are being offered by faculty members in natural resources, business and economics, physics, math, art and architecture, law, and engineering.

Workshops are open to the public and help students of all ages fine-tune their skills as they explore jazz and dance. Entry into workshops held in the Administration Building auditorium and the Kenworthy and NuArt theaters will require the purchase of a festival commemorative button.

Buttons will be available for purchase at workshop sites for $3. The buttons cover admission to the high-demand workshops and feature significant discounts at over 30 Moscow-area merchants. Visit www.uidaho.edu.jazzfest/button for more information.

A sampling of workshops include:

Eli Yamin
The Jazz Drama Program: Building Jazz Communities Worldwide, Holding the Torch for Liberty
Saturday 1-3 p.m. Hartung Theatre

By combining jazz and theater, The Jazz Drama Program helps entire school communities embrace jazz as their own. Band students play in the pit while students on stage dance, sing and act out a story in tune with today’s youth, as told in the language of jazz, blues, bebop and swing. In this hands-on workshop, participants collaborate in groups to interpret a short text into jazz language, using music and movement. Participants discover how telling stories with jazz helps make the music a lifelong, essential tool for self and group expression. A student group also will perform live excerpts from The Jazz Drama Program’s new musical, “Holding the Torch For Liberty,” about the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. With early swing/ragtime/New Orleans style music, this critical American story of protest, courage and triumph comes to life.

Byron Stripling
Tribute to Louis Armstrong
Wednesday 3 p.m. Administration Auditorium

Learn about one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time - Louis Armstrong. Byron Stripling will be discussing his musical tribute to Satchmo that is offered on the Wednesday evening concert. Stripling will explore the ways jazz music was influenced by this master musician. You'll learn about his contributions to the music and hear stories that will make you smile.

Maceo Parker
Jazz, Funk and Hip Hop
Thursday 3:30 p.m. Kibbie Dome

Come and enjoy an hour with James Brown’s leading sax man – Maceo Parker. For the last two decades, Parker has been enjoying a blistering solo career that is both fresh and stylistically diverse. He navigates deftly between ‘60s soul and George Clinton’s ‘70s funk, while exploring mellower jazz and the grooves of hip-hop. This is your chance to get up close and personal with an icon in the industry.

Regina Carter
With a Violin in Hand
Thursday 11:30 a.m. Kenworthy Theatre

Through her albums, touring, various guest appearances and collaborations, Regina Carter has developed a distinctly diverse musical personality. This will be a fun, informative and enjoyable hour for all lovers of jazz. You’ll find it uplifting and insightful as she shares her experiences with audience members.

Jeff Hamilton Trio with Jeff Hamilton, drums; Tamir Hendelman, piano; and Christoph Luty, bass
A Masterful Collaboration
Saturday 1 p.m. Kenworthy Theatre

The festival proudly present The Jeff Hamilton Trio, featuring Tamir Hendelman on piano and Christoph Luty on bass. This trio represents musicianship of the highest order. Together since 1994, their unique sounds create a distinctive, smooth collaboration. Part performance, part Q & A, you’ll see why they’re one of our most requested and respected trios. Bring your questions and have them answered by the finest in the business.

Bob Athayde
Beginning Improvisation
Thursday 2:30 p.m. KIVA Theatre

Aimed at students, this workshop will benefit directors as well. Athayde makes beginning improvisation something you love and look forward to. You’ll learn simple ways to start enjoying improvisation, and you’ll look forward to sharing this when you get home. Bring your horn or your voice and be prepared to participate. You’ll be able to come on stage and work with Athayde as he helps you along.

Jonathan Harnum
Gypsy Jazz
Friday 1 p.m. KIVA Theatre

After a tragic fire in his caravan severely burned the left side of his body, Django Reinhardt could only use two fingers of his fretting hand. In spite of that injury in the late ‘30s Django, a Belgian Gypsy living in Paris, created a unique style of jazz known and loved today as Gypsy Jazz. Come learn about the man, the style, the repertoire, the theory, the Gypsy jazz "scene" and some of the fantastic players today who carry on the tradition of this lively music.

Garth Reese and Barry Bilderback
Hamp’s Legacy: The International Jazz Collections at the University of Idaho
Thursday 12:30-1:30 p.m. University of Idaho Library, first floor

This workshop will feature an overview of the university library’s International Jazz Collection, and its value to musicians, music historians, musicologists and others in conducting research. Garth Reese, head of Special Collections and Archives for the library, will discuss the types of materials in the collections and how the library came to acquire them. Barry Bilderback, assistant professor in the Lionel Hampton School of Music, will speak about the significance of the collections and how researchers use the artifacts and documents.

Mike Bradley
Smooth Ballroom: American Foxtrot
Wed 3:15 p.m. Jeff & Becky Martin Wellness Center

Enjoy dancing to medium-tempo Big Band vocal music with this smooth progressive dance. The foxtrot is an easy dance to learn with a simple combination of walks and chasses, it’s ideal for social dancing. Come solo or with a partner, all levels are welcome. The class will offer plenty of time to simply enjoy the dancing and to practice some new steps.

Tom Gorman
Making Stringed Instruments: What Kind of Wood (and Why!)
Friday 1:30-2:30 p.m., College of Natural Resources Room 25

Professor Tom Gorman from the College of Natural Resources renewable materials program will host Mike Boeck and Steve Weill, Idaho instrument makers, who will show how they choose the wood to make violins, mandolins, and acoustic guitars, how they are assembled, and what it takes to result in a great acoustic sound.

Sam Miller
Wow, is this Real?
Friday 1-2:30 p.m., Reflections Gallery

Virtual Technology and Design’s interactive emerging technologies presentation. Designers use a wide range of tools from pencils to computers. These tools are used in combination to move a project from concept to completion. CG artist and technology lecturer Sam Miller with undergraduates from the Virtual Technology and Design (VTD) would like to invite you to an exhibit and audience participation of some of the Motion Capture tools that VTD uses at the College of Art & Architecture for smart gaming and visualizations.

Robert Rinker
The Collision of Science and Art
Friday 1-1:45 p.m., Borah Theatre
What happens when you ask an engineer how to inspire a football team and excite the audience at the same time? That’s what Bob Rinker of the computer science department found out last year when the U-Idaho Marching Band went looking for some sparkle and shine. Drop in on this informative session and find out from Bob Rinker how interdisciplinary collaboration, a couple engineers, and a few dozen LEDs made beautiful music together.

For more information on the 2013 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, visit www.uidaho.edu/jazzfest or call (208) 885-5900.

Workshops are open to the public. Tickets are available for all evening concerts with prices varying from $25-$45 per night, with additional discounts for youth and college students. Tickets may be purchased at the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center Ticket Office by calling (208) 885-7212 or toll free 1-88-88-UIDAHO, or online at www.uidaho.edu/ticketoffice.
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