Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival Announces Lineup and Ticket Sales

Monday, October 19 2009

Written by Becca Johnson

MOSCOW, Idaho – The beauty of jazz is its vibrancy and diversity that allows it to suit any environment. The 2010 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, themed "Jazz Is…," will showcase four distinct genres of jazz.

This year's festival, led by artistic director and Grammy-award winning artist John Clayton, takes place Feb. 24-27 at the University of Idaho.

The festival attracts some 10,000 people each year. In 2007, it received the National Medal of Arts because it's an "exceptional musical experience intended to bridge cultures through the common language of music while developing musical leadership abilities of future generations."

The evening concert lineup includes:

Wednesday, Feb.24
"Jazz is…Discovery"
kicks off the festival in the university’s newly renovated Student Union Building Ballroom. The night will feature the New York award winning pianist Gerald Clayton as well as his trio, The Young All-Star House Quartet and Emerging Young Artists. Come experience tomorrow’s music today with upcoming jazz artists.

Thursday, Feb. 25
"Jazz is…Friends and Family Night,"
sponsored by Horizon Air, showcases the Pizzarelli Family and the Clayton Brothers Quintet at the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center. These two great families of jazz will combine for a tribute to the great Ray Brown and an evening full of life.

Friday, Feb. 26
"Jazz is…Blues and Sacred Roots," sponsored by Pepsi, features Dee Daniels and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Gospel Choir. For more than three decades, Daniels has dominated the jazz and symphony pops vocal scene with her rich background in blues and gospel music. The night also will feature Cyrus Chestnut on the piano, and the Taj Mahal Trio. The Grammy-award winning Taj Mahal Trio began more than four decades ago with American blues, but has broadened to include music representing nearly every corner of the world. This evening celebrates the origins of African-American spirituals, gospel music and the blues, from which jazz is nourished.

Saturday, Feb. 27
"Jazz is…A Party!" sponsored by Avista, will end the festival with the Lionel Hampton New York Big Band and vocalist Dee Daniels. Instrumentalists include Ken Peplowski on the clarinet and saxophone, Chuck Redd on vibes, Scott Hamilton on the saxophone, James Morrison on trumpet and trombone and Terell Stafford on trumpet. Continuing a relatively new tradition, dance floors will be down and the musicians playing in a party that would make Lionel Hampton proud.

Tickets sales for donors start on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Series tickets sales for the general public begin Nov. 10. General ticket purchases begin on Jan. 8, 2010.

Ticket prices vary. Seats on the floor level are $39, center stands are $34 and outer stands are $29. Series tickets provide a discount of $5 off the general admission price. Tickets 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  

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.

University of Idaho faculty and staff may again take advantage of Doc’s Block tickets. In tribute to Emeritus Professor Lynn "Doc" Skinner, the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival offers tickets at a reduced price to university employees. Doc’s Block tickets provide admission to the festival's evening concerts for only $30 in the center stands or $23 in the outer stands per concert.  for $25. Tickets for  the Wednesday evening concert, held in the Student Union Building Ballroom, are availableSales for Doc’s Block tickets begin Monday, Dec. 1, at the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center Ticket Office, or can be purchased through payroll deduction at  

College students from the University of Idaho, Washington State University, Lewis-Clark State College can buy outer stand tickets for $12.

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, e-mail or call (208) 885-6765.
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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  

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