Inspirational Theme Takes Main Stage at 2013 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 22 2012


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival celebrates its 46th year with a stellar lineup of artists during the four-day winter festival in Moscow, Idaho, which runs Feb. 20-23, 2013.

This year’s theme, “Inspiring Futures Through Jazz,” complements the University of Idaho’s “Inspiring Futures” capital campaign and also speaks to the core mission of the jazz festival.

“We love bringing students to the University of Idaho and are especially proud to be a part of the ‘Inspiring Futures’ campaign,“ said festival executive director Steven Remington. “It’s inspiring for our community to see the students perform so well, and it’s inspiring for the students to engage with the world-class jazz artists we invite each year. Our hope is that the students will consider the University of Idaho – and jazz music – as an inspirational source for lifelong learning.”

The weekend concerts will feature the inspirational music of a cappella group TAKE 6, the Jeff Hamilton Trio and a “string summit” featuring violinists Regina Carter, Sara Caswell and Aaron Weinstein on Friday Feb. 22, beginning at 8:30 p.m. in the in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, 1000 Stadium Way in Moscow.

TAKE 6’s swinging, harmony-rich gospel sound has attracted widespread attention, and the group has recorded or performed with Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Don Henley, Ray Charles, Queen Latifah, Joe Sample, Quincy Jones and many others. To date, TAKE 6 has won 10 GRAMMY Awards and holds the distinct honor of being the most GRAMMY nominated vocal group in history.

Saturday’s featured artist is the incomparable saxophonist Maceo Parker and his band. The horn player has been the inspiration for a generation of musicians through his solo career and his work with James Brown, George Clinton, Prince, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Taylor, Dave Matthews Band and others. Parker’s music integrates a range of styles from soul, funk and jazz to rhythm and blues. He is known for his energetic live shows, and his band has been billed as "The greatest little funk orchestra on earth.”

Also appearing on Saturday evening will be the Lionel Hampton Youth Jazz Orchestra with featured artists to be announced. Saturday evening’s show begins at 8:30 p.m., in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, 1000 Stadium Way in Moscow.

The festival’s other main stage concerts include Wednesday evening’s kick-off concert, Feb. 20, in the Student Union Ballroom, and Thursday’s, Feb. 21, evening concerts featuring three separate acts performing in three separate venues on the University of Idaho’s Moscow campus. A full festival line-up, including Wednesday and Thursday artists, will be released after Labor Day.

Special donor pre-sale tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 26, Participating schools and series tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 16 and general public ticket sales begin on Monday, Dec. 3. Tickets may be ordered through the University of Idaho ticket office at (208) 885-7212, (888) 8-UIDAHO or online at www.uidaho.edu/ticketoffice.  

Visit www.uidaho.edu/jazzfest or call 208-885-6765 for the most up-to-date festival information.
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