Edmonds-Woodway Sweeps Awards at U of I Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
March 02, 2020
MOSCOW, Idaho — Feb. 29, 2020 — In two days of competition, Edmonds-Woodway High School swept the top honors at the University of Idaho’s 2020 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.
The festival, in its 53rd year, features two days of student competitions, workshops and clinics on the University of Idaho campus. More than 3,600 students from 123 elementary, middle and high schools, as well as colleges and universities, are participating from around the region, including schools from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, Canada.
Five Edmonds-Woodway students were hand-selected as the top performing instrumental soloists of the day. They are Nahome Yohannes (tenor sax), Jai Lasker (guitar), Talli Kimani (piano), EJ Brannan (drums) and Alex Aaby (baritone sax). The group performed on stage at the Saturday night evening concert, between headliners Joshua Redman and the Lionel Hampton Big Band, to compete against other top soloists for a University of Idaho scholarship presented by Avista.
Yohannes received top honors and received a $1,500 Avista Scholarship. Lasker earned second place and received a $1,000 Avista Scholarship. The pair join Dominic Nye, a vocalist from Edmonds-Woodway High School, who was named the festival’s Senior Vocal Winner on Feb. 28, also receiving a $1,500 Avista Scholarship. It was the second time that Nye was the top festival winner, earning the scholarship in 2018.
In addition, the Jazz Ensemble I was named the AAAA Senior Instrumental Ensemble Winner and EJ’s EW Combo was named the AAAA Instrumental Combo Winner. Both groups from Edmonds-Woodway High School are directed by Jake Bergevin.
After competing against four other schools in the Young Artist’s Winners Concert this evening, the Jazz Ensemble I was named the festival’s overall High School Instrumental Sweepstakes Winner and was presented with a rotating trophy for the year and free entry to the 2021 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.
“Our faculty and adjudicators were thrilled to hear such impressive performances by both student ensembles, combos and soloists today,” said Vanessa Sielert, director of the Lionel Hampton School of Music in U of I’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. “It is exciting to hear such a high level of talent from our student participants.”
Performances from the Young Artist’s Winners Concert will be available on the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival’s YouTube channel at the conclusion of the festival.
Media note: Photos of individual winners (with names in the metadata) from Edmonds-Woodway High School are available for download at https://uidahophoto.photoshelter.com/galleries/C00008pwKWpfuGDc/G0000gxIQe5D9heI/Edmonds-Woodway-Winners
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