Tickets for Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Available Jan. 4

Tuesday, December 21 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – Tickets for the 2011 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival will go on sale beginning Tuesday, Jan. 4.

The four-day event, which runs Feb. 23-26 at the University of Idaho, is set to include student performances, workshops and clinics put on by jazz musicians and educators, and spectacular evening concerts featuring many professional jazz musicians.

Tickets are available for all nights with prices varying from $25 -$39 per night. 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

Highlights of the Festival include:

Wednesday, Feb. 23
The evening concert lineup, presented by Avista Corp., features National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Jimmy Heath, who is acclaimed for his distinctive sound on tenor, and is a fluid soprano and flute player and a very talented arranger and composer.

Wednesday night’s performances will also include the Lionel Hampton All-Star Rhythm Section, compromised of Josh Nelson on piano, Graham Dechter on guitar, Sean Conley on bass, Kevin Kanner on drums, and Charenee Wade, a rising star on the jazz scene, on lead vocals.

Wednesday’s concert events wrap up with special guest Terrell Stafford on trumpet performing with University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music Jazz Band One under the direction of Vern Sielert, assistant professor of trumpet and jazz studies. The concert will be located at the University of Idaho Student Union Building Ballroom, 709 Deakin Ave. in Moscow, at 8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 24
The evening concerts, presented by Pepsi, will feature a new “festival seating” format in which three separate groups will be performing at staggered times at three different locations on campus. The new Thursday format will allow people to move from venue to venue to be able to catch multiple sets or stay and watch two sets of their favorite performer if desired.

Three events include:
• Atsuko Hashimoto, Japanese Hammond organ virtuoso, returns with Jeff Hamilton on drums and Graham Dechter on guitar in the Student Union Building Ballroom, 709 Deakin Ave. in Moscow, at 7:30 p.m.

• Nikki Yanofsky, teenage Canadian jazz vocalist, will perform with Jazz Festival All-Stars Josh Nelson piano, Sean Conley bass, and Kevin Kanner drums at the Haddock Performance Hall in the Lionel Hampton School of Music Building, 1010 Blake Ave. in Moscow, at 8 p.m.

• Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap will perform as a piano duo in the University of Idaho Administration Building Auditorium, 851 Campus Dr. in Moscow, at 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 25
The Friday evening concert, presented by Alaska Airlines, features The Manhattan Transfer, a multiple Grammy Award-winning vocal group that has been performing for more than 30 years with their current line-up.

Friday night also will feature the Victor Wooten Band. Wooten, an innovator, composer, arranger, lecturer, producer, vocalist and multi-instrumental, is a five-time Grammy Award winner.

The evening concert on Friday will take place at 8:30 p.m. in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, 1000 Stadium Way in Moscow.

Saturday Feb. 26
The Lionel Hampton Big Band, joined by Jimmy Heath, will lead Saturday’s evening concert. The band will include vocalist Carmen Bradford as well as drummer Ed Shaughnessy and tenor sax Pete Christlieb, both of who played with “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” band. Special guests are common on Saturdays as well.

The evening concert on Saturday will take place at 8:30 p.m. in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, 1000 Stadium Way in Moscow.

The 2011 festival will wrap up with a special homage to Lionel: a “mallet-palooza” percussion extravaganza that will feature the Legacy Percussion Orchestra, which is in residence at Alma College and is led by director David Zerbe.

For more information and complete concert lineups for the 2011 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, visit or call (208) 885-5900.
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant 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 classification for high research activity. The student population of 12,302 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. For more 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