Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival 2009 Complete Schedule

Thursday, February 12 2009


Feb. 12, 2009

Written by Becca Johnson and Joni Kirk

MOSCOW, Idaho – If you've never attended the University of Idaho's world-class, award-winning Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, you truly are missing out on a phenomenal experience. And if you've previously attended a festival, this year's lineup includes new offerings that certainly will keep you on the edge of your seat, if not physically dancing.

The festival's jazz canvas is painted with a broad brush. Multi-faceted artist Bobby McFerrin, who headlines this year's Friday evening concert, will add expression to the festival this year, as will the others artists. With the expressive, explosive and seductive sounds of Latin, Brazilian and Caribbean jazz, plus a special tribute to Ray Brown, festival attendees are in for a real treat this year.

The community is invited to a kick-off celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Prichard Art Gallery, 414/416 S. Main St. on the corner of Fifth and Main streets in downtown Moscow. It will feature exclusive musical performances and art work by Lenny Bergner and Surel Mitchell. Admission is free, and includes a no-host bar and hors d’oeuvres.

The festival itself includes some new surprises. Under Artistic Director John Clayton's leadership, the festival is taking "international" to a whole new level, and will showcase a variety of jazz sounds from around the world, including the explosive sounds of Latin, Brazilian and Caribbean jazz. The lineup includes:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 25: Latin Rhythms Meet Dizzy Gillespie! Paying tribute to Dizzy, this evening’s all-star lineup will feature Jon Faddis with an all-star band of guest trumpeters, including Byron Stripling, in a horn blow out. Vocalist Jackie Ryan will dazzle festival audiences with her jazz and Latin-infused stylings. Closing out the night, Jose Rizo’s “Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars” will make people want to dance. A dance floor will provide a space for people to move to the beats.
  • Thursday, Feb. 26: Island Fever – Grooves From Brazil and the Caribbean! Showcasing the explosive and seductive jazz sounds of Brazil and the Caribbean, the lineup features Monty Alexander’s Jazz and Roots; Kenny Barron’s Canta Brazil with Trio da Paz and Anne Drummond on flute; and the Anthony Wilson/Chico Pinheiro band, which features the fiery enthusiasm of two of the world’s top guitarists.
  • Friday, Feb. 27: Sing and Swing / Tribute to Ray Brown! The Monty Alexander Trio, with Jeff Hamilton on drums and John Clayton on bass, will perform a tribute to double bassist Ray Brown, who was considered by many to be one of the masters of his instrument. Musical phenomenon Bobby McFerrin, also will perform as he uses his voice to mesmerize the audience.
  • Saturday, Feb. 28: Everybody Dance!: The capstone performance for the festival will have the audience moving to the music. Piano prodigy Eldar Djangirov and vocalist Gretchen Parlato will inspire the crowd. The explosive conclusion of the festival features the Lionel Hampton New York Big Band with Joe Locke unleashed on vibes.

Afraid you don't know how to groove to the music? The festival has that covered, too.

In addition to the explosive music, the fast footwork, rolling hips and multiple spins of Latin jazz dance will provide a new element to the festival. The University of Idaho Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance will use a $5,000 grant from the Florence Wasmer Fund for Arts and Culture of the Inland Northwest Community Foundation to bring two Latin dance teachers to the university during the festival to give dance clinics and workshops. For a list of clinics and workshops, visit www.today.uidaho.edu/Details.aspx?ID=4686.

Dance floors will be open at the festival on Wednesday and Saturday evening concerts. For an added zing, Juliet McMains and Sasko Despotovski, the Latin dance guest instructors, will perform on the main stage Wednesday, Feb. 25, with Jose Rizo's Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars Band.

The daily schedule includes the adjudicated artist clinics and workshops, as well as student performances. These performances, which draw students from around the country and internationally, are educational and rewarding experiences designed to build confidence and appreciation for jazz. Large ensembles, combos, and soloists will perform and be critiqued by nationally renowned adjudicators. The festival’s student performances and artistic clinics are free and open to the public.

Young Artist Concerts will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday afternoons. Student ensembles will play on the main concert stage for peers and audience members. Tickets to the Young Artist Concerts, held in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, are $5 and available at the door.

Continuing an exciting new addition from last year, "Hamp's Club" will follow the Young Artists Concerts on Wednesday at 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. This intimate concert, arranged in a jazz club setting, will feature young soloists chosen from the day’s adjudicated performances. These students will get to experience what it’s like to play the clubs. Students will take the stage while one of the festival's special guests serves as emcee. Hamp's Club will resume following the evening concerts on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Ticket prices range from $22 to $32, and 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.
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Media Contact: Joni Kirk, University Communications, (208) 885-7725, joni@uidaho.edu





About the University of Idaho
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