What’s New at the 2013 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, February 13 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – For 46 years, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival has inspired futures through jazz. Some of the highlights of this year's festival include:

Lionel Hampton Youth Jazz Orchestra

Vibraphone player Warren Wolf will appear with the Lionel Hampton Youth Jazz Orchestra on Saturday, Feb. 23. Wolf was selected as the vibes player for this year’s festival, upholding the tradition established by the festival’s namesake and early vibes pioneer, Lionel Hampton.

Wolf is one of many talented jazz musicians to have come out of the Lionel Hampton Big Band. Another artist of note to come through the band is Quincy Jones, who at the age of 20 toured Europe with the Lionel Hampton orchestra. Hampton helped to launch Jones’ career and while on the road with the band, he displayed a remarkable gift for composing and arranging songs.

In honor of Jones, who will be celebrating his 80th birthday next month, two of his compositions will be performed by this year’s Youth Jazz Orchestra – “Gabby’s Gabbin’” and “Lil’ Old Grovemaker.”

Also appearing with the Youth Jazz Orchestra is Dutch vocalist Traincha Oosterhuis. Saxophonist and band leader Maceo Parker will close the evening. The Saturday, Feb. 23 concert will take place in the ASUI Kibbie-Activity Center.

String Summit

The festival has planned something very special for Friday night’s show: a jazz violin trio. Festival artistic director John Clayton proposed the idea to three virtuoso jazz violinists, Regina Carter, Sara Caswell and Aaron Weinstein.

While the three violinists know each other, they have never performed together as a group and ljumped at the chance to perform together. They even persuaded Clayton to compose two songs for the concert and asked him to join them onstage for their closing number.

Also appearing on Friday evening will be jazz vocal group TAKE 6 and the Jeff Hamilton Trio. The Friday, Feb. 22 concert will take place in the ASUI Kibbie-Activity Center.

Jazz Times Reader Poll Acknowledges Jazz Festival Artistic Director

Jazz Times annually recognizes artists’ achievements from the previous year in their January/February Year in Review issue, and this year’s issue features John Clayton and The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

The Jazz Times readers’ poll acknowledges notable achievements in music, books and film. The categories range from Artist of the Year to Best Film/Video/TV Series.

This year John Clayton is named Best Arranger, and The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra is named Best Big Band in the Year in Review Issue.

Jazz Festival Announces After Hours Club Performances

Part of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival’s commitment to community includes strengthening the involvement of the local businesses in the festival, providing opportunities for local players to interact with visiting festival musicians and offering “after festival hours” performance venues where the music can continue past regular concert hours.

This year’s After Hours will feature the festivals’ All-Star players in different configurations, as well as jazz jam opportunities at the following locations:

Wednesday, Feb. 20
Gambino’s Restaurant: Hamp’s Jam 11 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 21
Bucer’s Coffeehouse Pub: Quartet 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 22
Bloom Restaurant: Duo 11 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Bucer’s Coffeehouse Pub: Quartet 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Nectar Restaurant: Duo 11 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 23
Bloom Restaurant: Trio 11 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Nectar Restaurant: Duo 11 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
One World Café: Trio 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.

The 2013 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival will take place Feb. 20-23. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu/jazzfest or call (208) 885-5900

Tickets are available for all evening concerts with prices varying from $25-$50 per night, with additional discounts for youth and college students. 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 www.uidaho.edu/ticketoffice.

Community Kick-Off

The festival’s community kick-off event will take place at the University of Idaho’s Prichard Art Gallery on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 5:30-8 p.m., 414 S. Main St. in Moscow. The reception is co-hosted by the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and will feature an unveiling of this year’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival commemorative poster and the exhibit, “That Year of Living,” by New York photographer Jeffrey Henson Scales.
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