Jazz Musicians to Provide Music Education to Local Schools Through Jazz in the Schools Program

Friday, February 6 2009


Feb. 6, 2009 Written by Becca Johnson MOSCOW, Idaho – Students at local schools will have some special visitors later this month to help them 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’s Jazz in the Schools programs leading up to the festival include: Wednesday, Feb. 18
  • 10 a.m.: Russian All Stars jazz band perform for students at Deary.
  • 12:45 p.m.: Russian All Stars jazz band perform for students at Troy.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
  • 8:30 a.m.: Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson perform at Jefferson elementary school in Pullman, Wash.
  • 8:45 a.m.: Bob Athayde and Ira Nepus will perform at Potlatch school.
  • 8:45 a.m.: Corey Christiansen will perform at Sunnyside elementary school in Pullman, Wash.
  • 9 a.m.: Jackie Ryan will perform at McDonald elementary in Moscow.
  • 9 a.m.: Ray Briggs will perform for students at Genesee school.
  • 9:45 a.m.: Bob Stoloff will perform at Logos school in Moscow.
  • 10 a.m: Graham Dechter and Paul Keller will perform at Holy Family/Parkway in Clarkston, Wash.
  • 10 a.m.: Clay Jenkins will perform for all Lewiston school district fifth graders, including at Lewiston High School.
  • 10:15 a.m.: Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson will perform at Palouse elementary in Palouse, Wash.
  • 10:15 a.m.: Corey Christiansen will perform at Franklin elementary in Pullman, Wash.
  • 10:15 a.m.: Paul Cantos will perform for students at Culdesac.
  • 10:30 a.m.: Jackie Ryan will perform at Russell elementary in Moscow.
  • 11:15 a.m.: Ray Briggs will perform at Cornerstone in Lewiston.
  • 12:30 p.m.: Graham Dechter and Paul Keller will perform at Grantham in Clarkston, Wash.
  • 1 p.m.: Jackie Ryan will perform for Moscow Charter school students at the University of Idaho, in the University Auditorium in the Administration Building.
  • 1 p.m.: Clay Jenkins will perform for St. Stanislaus students in Lewiston.
  • 1 p.m.: Bob Athayde and Ira Nepus will perform for students at Pinehurst elementary.
  • 1:15 p.m.: Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson will perform at Lena Whitmore elementary in Moscow.
  • 1:15 p.m.: Corey Christiansen will perform at West Park in Moscow.
  • 1:30 p.m.: Bob Stoloff will perform for students at Orofino.
  • 2 p.m.: Paul Cantos will perform for students at Lapwaii.
  • 2:15 p.m.: Ray Briggs will perform at St. Mary's in Moscow.
  • 2 p.m.: Graham Dechter and Paul Keller will perform at Heights elementary in Clarkston, Wash.
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, visitwww.jazz.uidaho.edu, e-mail jazzinfo@uidaho.edu or call (208) 885-6765.
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