Jazz Festival Ticket Sales Increase Despite Economy

Thursday, February 19 2009

Feb. 19, 2009 Written by Joni Kirk MOSCOW, Idaho – Ticket sales for the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival have increased this year, despite economic uncertainty. Festival ticket sales have grown by more than 12 percent – from 6,873 last year to 7,803 this year – compared to the same period in time last year. Tickets sales will continue throughout the duration of the four-day festival, which runs Feb. 25-28. "The Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival continues to attract new artists and new genres of jazz," said Cami McClure, executive director for the festival. "Our new and exciting offerings not only keep jazz connoisseurs returning each year, but continue to attract new attendees." In addition to the new sounds on the concert stage each evening of the festival, artists and educators provide hands-on learning opportunities to many young artists, and that helps make it the largest educational jazz festival in the world. The clinics and workshops help individuals and ensembles fine-tune their skills, and provide input and direction to help them solve technique problems. "This festival truly is an educational experience for aspiring jazz musicians," said McClure. "From our year-round Jazz in the Schools program that works with elementary through high school students around the region, to the Hamp's Club 'in the spotlight' experience at the festival, we encourage the art form and provide avenues for students to take it to the next level." McClure is optimistic about 2009 ticket sales. "Last year, our Saturday concert sold out, and we had standing-room only availability at others. We encourage those interested in attending to purchase their tickets in advance," she said. Tickets still are available for the festival concerts. Prices range from $22 in the outer stands to $32 on the main floor. University students from the Palouse and Lewiston-Clarkston Valley are eligible for discounted tickets of $12. Series tickets provide a discount of $8 off the general admission price of buying four individual tickets. They 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.UItickets.com. 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.jazz.uidaho.edu, e-mail jazzinfo@uidaho.edu or call (208) 885-6765. # # # About the University of Idaho Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu. Media Contact: Joni Kirk, University Communications, (208) 885-7725, joni@uidaho.edu

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.