Jazz Artists to Lend Their Time for Jazz in the Schools Program

Friday, February 19 2010


Written by Becca Johnson

MOSCOW, Idaho – Students at local schools will have some special visitors during the next week to learn a little about jazz music through the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival’s Jazz in the Schools program.

The program brings in jazz musicians to perform at schools, and provides students of all ages with a great introduction to this truly American form of jazz. The festival's year-round effort keeps the music and spirit of jazz alive in the education of students around the Northwest, and fulfills Lionel Hampton's dream of investing in future generations to perpetuate jazz as an art form.

This year, the Jazz in the Schools program will visit 40 schools in Idaho and Washington, and perform for an estimated 6,800 students. There are 18 headlining musicians and educators, with an additional 10 local musicians and Lionel Hampton School of Music students working with the guest artists.

This year’s Jazz in the Schools programs leading up to the festival all take place Tuesday, Feb. 23. Performers, times and locations include:

• 8:30 a.m.: Jon Anderson Trio and Gary Gemberling, Potlatch Elementary School.
• 8:30 a.m.: All Star Rhythms Section, Troy Schools.
• 8:45 a.m.: Eli Yamin, Sunnyside Elementary School in Pullman, Wash.
• 8:45 a.m.: Sherry Luchette, Franklin Elementary in Pullman, Wash.
• 8:45 a.m.: Corey Christiansen, Moscow Charter School.
• 8:45 a.m.: Jon Pugh and Bob Athayde, Genesee Elementary School.
• 9 a.m.: Kate and Josh Skinner, Jefferson Elementary in Pullman, Wash.
• 9 a.m.: Alan Durst, Holy Family and Parkway schools in Clarkston, Wash.
• 9:45 a.m.: Ray Briggs and Jeff Haskell, combined 5th grades from Camelot, Centennial, McGhee, McSorley, Orchards, Webster and Whitman elementary schools in Lewiston.
• 10:45 a.m.: Eli Yamin, Russell Elementary School in Moscow.
• 10:45 a.m.: Sherry Luchette, Palouse Prairie School in Moscow.
• 11 a.m.: Corey Christiansen, Garfield and Palouse Elementary in Palouse, Wash.
• Noon: All Stars Rhythm Section, Deary Schools.
• Noon: Alan Durst, Heights Elementary School in Clarkston, Wash.
• 12:30 p.m.: Kate and Josh Skinner, McDonald Elementary School in Moscow.
• 12:45 p.m.: Ray Briggs and Jeff Haskell, Highland Elementary School in Clarkston, Wash.
• 1:15 p.m.: Jon Anderson Trio and Gary Gemberling, Canyon and Pinehurst Elementary Schools in Pinehurst.
• 1:30 p.m.: Sherry Luchette, West Park School in Moscow.
• 1:45 p.m.: Eli Yamin, Lena Whitmore Elementary School in Moscow.
• 2 p.m.: Corey Christiansen, Jennings Elementary School in Colfax, Wash.
• 2 p.m.: Alan Durst, Grantham Elementary School in Clarkston, Wash.
• 2:15 p.m.: Ray Briggs and Jeff Haskell, All Saints Catholic School in Lewiston.
• 2:15 p.m.: All Stars Rhythm Section, Bovill Elementary School.
• 2:15 p.m.: Kate and Josh Skinner, St. Mary’s Elementary School in Moscow.
• 2:30 p.m.: Jon Pugh and Bob Athayde, Orofino Elementary.

The performances are free for the schools; they do not pay anything to register or have the artists and educators visit their schools.

The 2010 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival will take place Feb. 24-27. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu/jazzfest or call (208) 885-5900.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.