Jazz Central: Tickets on Sale Now for Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival

Tuesday, January 12 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho –Tickets are now on sale for the 2010 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival.

The four-day event, which runs Feb. 24-27, includes student performances workshops by jazz musicians and educators and evening concerts featuring many professional jazz musicians. Three of the festival’s artists this year have been nominated for Grammy awards. Highlights of the evening concerts include:

Wednesday, Feb.24
"Jazz is…Discovery" kicks off the festival and features the New York award-winning pianist Gerald Clayton as well as his trio. Student Union Ballroom.

Thursday, Feb. 25
"Jazz is…Friends and Family Night" showcases the Pizzarelli Family and the Clayton Brothers Quintet. ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center.

Friday, Feb. 26
"Jazz is…Blues and Sacred Roots" features Dee Daniels and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Gospel Choir and celebrates the origins of African-American spirituals, gospel music and the blues. ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center.

Saturday, Feb. 27

"Jazz is…A Party!" wraps up the festival with the Lionel Hampton New York Big Band and vocalist Dee Daniels. ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center.

Ticket prices vary, ranging from $25-$39 per night, and are available by calling (208) 885-7212 or toll free 1-88-88-UIDAHO, or by logging onto www.UItickets.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center Ticket Office.

For aspiring jazz musicians, the festival offers some new workshops and clinics. Workshops include beginning and intermediate improvisation for horn players; rhythm section tips and tricks; rehearsal techniques; bass line construction; and editing chords for middle school piano players, among other selections. The workshops will be held alongside the long-standing artist clinics that feature the sights, sounds and experiences of life as a jazz musician.

The festival’s student performances and artistic clinics are free and open to the public. Tickets to the Young Artist Concerts, held on three afternoons of the festival in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, are $5 and available at the door.

For complete concert lineups and more information on the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, visit www.jazz.uidaho.edu.

For more than 40 years at the University of Idaho, the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival has brought jazz masters together with elementary, junior high, high school and college students to share and celebrate a truly American art form of music. It has featured hundreds of musicians from around the world, including China, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Peru, as well as students from Canada, Japan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan. For more information about the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, visit www.uidaho.edu/jazz, e-mail jazzinfo@uidaho.edu 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. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.