2012 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival to Offer Numerous Workshops with Artists and Educators

Monday, February 13 2012


MOSCOW, Idaho – The 2012 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, which runs from Feb. 22-25 in Moscow, Idaho, will offer free workshops by world-class jazz educators and musicians.

The workshops held during the day will help students of all ages fine-tune their skills as they explore jazz. All workshops are free and open to the public. New this year are cross curricular jazz workshops offered in jazz-drama, math, and art and architecture. Come see what’s new at the 45th Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

A sampling of the workshops includes:

Eli Yamin: Jazz and Drama-Building Jazz Communities Worldwide
Rehearsal - Friday, Feb. 24, 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Presentation - Saturday, Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
NuArt Theater
516 S. Main St. in Moscow

By combining jazz and theatre, The Jazz Drama Program helps entire school communities embrace jazz as their own. Band students play in the pit while students on stage dance, sing and act out a story in tune with today’s youth as told in the language of jazz, blues, bebop and swing. In this hands-on workshop, participants collaborate in groups to interpret a short text into the jazz language using music and movement. Participants discover how telling stories with jazz helps make the music a lifelong, essential tool for self and group expression. After activities involving all participants, a student group will perform live excerpts from The Jazz Drama Program’s new musical, “Holding the Torch For Liberty,” about the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. With early swing, ragtime and New Orleans-style music, this critical American story of protest, courage and triumph comes to life. “Holding the Torch For Liberty” was co-written by Eli Yamin and Clifford Carlson. Since their meeting in the mid-1990s, Yamin and Carlson, a sixth grade teacher, have created five jazz musicals. CD’s are available at www.thejazzdramaprogram.org. The shows can be licensed for local productions through www.theatricalrightsworldwide.com.

Blind Boys of Alabama: Understanding through Stories and Song with Bob Athayde
Thursday, Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m.
Student Union Building Ballroom
709 Deakin Ave. in Moscow

The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The Grammy’s® and The National Endowment for the Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years. Learn how they interpret traditional favorites to contemporary song. Listen and learn about the challenges they have faced over the years. They are bound to captivate your heart with their music and grace.

• Ira Nepus: The Essence of Jazz Performance Style from Louis Armstrong to Paul McCartney
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2:30 p.m.
KIVA Theater - College of Education Building, 921 Campus Dr. in Moscow

Friday, Feb. 24, 9:30 a.m.
KIVA Theatre - College of Education Building, 921 Campus Dr. in Moscow

Learn about styles and how they have changed over time. This workshop helps us to better understand the festival theme, “Mentors and Masters: Partners Shaping Tomorrow.” Nepus discusses master musicians and the impact they had on the younger generation. Participants will be able to play in the groove after spending some time hearing and understanding these historical changes. Learn more about his recent recording project with Paul McCartney, Diana Krall and John Clayton.

Wycliffe Gordon: Sing it First!
Saturday, Feb. 25, 10:00 a.m.
Kenworthy Theater
508 S. Main St. in Moscow

This workshop will feature Wycliffe Gordon’s book, “Sing It First!” This workshop is perfect for classical and jazz trombonists. Gordon openly discusses the techniques that he has used regularly in his playing to achieve great success. Topics include warm-ups, style, embouchure and aperture, articulations, very high notes, endurance, velocity and much more. If you would like to order this book. visit www.wycliffegordon.com.

James Morrison: Master Showman and his Secrets to Success
Saturday, Feb. 25, 1:00 p.m.
Kenworthy Theater
508 S. Main St. in Moscow

James Morrison covers everything from technical aspects of instrument construction, right through to performance technique, improvisation, composition and arranging. He also has a great deal of knowledge regarding the electronic side of music, including developing, manufacturing and marketing his own digital trumpet.

Sing and Swing with Carmen Bradford
Friday, Feb. 24, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30–4:00 p.m.
Student Union Building, Borah Theatre
709 Deakin Ave. in Moscow

This workshop offers a unique and transformational opportunity to vocal students. Carmen Bradford will work with participants as they prepare songs she has pre-selected to teach. Students can come on stage and sing for Bradford. She even has an accompanist available to help students as they sing. This workshop is one that shares the talent of youth and the wisdom of Bradford, First Lady of Song.

Bob Athayde: Using Smart Music- Import and Slow Down for Practice
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2:30 p.m.
Student Union Building Borah Theater
709 Deakin Ave. in Moscow

“Using Smart Music: Import and Slow Down for Practice” features practice help for the rhythm section, sight-reading for jazz band and improvisation. Bring an instrument and have the opportunity to try it.

Stephen Drown: Acoustics Tour
Friday, Feb. 24, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ridenbaugh Hall
Corner of Blake St. and Nez Perce Dr. in Moscow

Acoustics Tour participants will experience live sound in several distinct acoustic environments in various venues, trolley transportation provided. This workshop provides an opportunity to interact musically in the space and gain insight into the principles that determine room acoustics and their effect on the performers. Is architecture really frozen music? Wind and brass students are encouraged to bring their instruments to help demonstrate.

Christine Berven and Marty Ytreberg: Making Waves with Music
Friday, Feb. 24, 1:45 p.m.
Renfrew Hall Room 125
Rayburn Street

Saturday, Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m.
Renfrew Hall Room 125
Rayburn Street

Christine Berven and Marty Ytreberg, professors in the physics department, will use fun demonstrations to show how physicists explore the science of sound and how the effects of sound can be made visible.

Patrick Barnes: Latin Dance - Have Some Salsa Fun Dance Workshop
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 3:15 p.m.
Martin Wellness Center
510 W. Palouse River Dr. in Moscow

Saturday, Feb. 25, 12:00 p.m.
Physical Education Building, Studio 110
South of Memorial Gym and Swim Center

You’ve seen it on “Dancing with the Stars!” Learn the basics of social salsa dancing, including step patterns, leading and following and, of course, Latin hip action. Come solo or with a partner. All levels welcome. Just be ready to move your hips and dance.

For more information and complete concert lineups for the 2012 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, visit www.uidaho.edu/jazzfest or call (208) 885-5900.

Workshops are free and open to the public. Tickets are available for all evening concerts with prices varying from $25-$45 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.UItickets.com.
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