More Schools and Participants to Attend Jazz Festival; Ticket Sales Strong
February 06, 2018
The University of Idaho is looking forward to increased attendance and ticket sales at this year’s 2018 University of Idaho Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.
“We are very excited to have more students and more schools participating in the 2018 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Our goal is for students, educators, and performers to have an amazing experience,” said Vanessa Sielert, director of the Lionel Hampton School of Music in U of I’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.
This is the second year in a row that the number of student participants has grown. During its 2017 event, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival had 3,995 registrants representing 131 elementary, middle and high schools, as well as colleges and universities. The 2018 festival is currently expecting 4,110 students from 145 schools.
“Interest is growing because we are working very hard to make the festival centered around the students,” Sielert said. “We will continue to make this event about education with our clinicians and artists sharing experiences, expertise and passion for the art form of jazz.”
Tickets to the 2018 festival are on pace with last year’s record crowds. The 2017 finale concert saw the largest crowd for a festival concert in 18 years.
This year’s festival features concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24, in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center. On Friday night, alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, joined by trumpeter Terell Stafford and vocalist Brianna Thomas, will perform a special tribute to the classic 1961 jazz record, “Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley,” giving it a modern twist.
Saturday night will feature headliner and jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco + the People, a 2018 Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Album.
“These performances will be the art form at the highest level,” said Vern Sielert, artistic advisor for the festival and director of jazz studies at U of I. “If you don’t know anything about jazz, these are great people to listen to because they are masters of this music.”
Tickets to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival are available at the University of Idaho Ticket Office or online at http://www.uidaho.edu/ticketoffice. Additional festival information is online at http://www.uidaho.edu/jazzfest.
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