International Jazz Collection to Feature Ray Brown at Jazz Festival

Tuesday, February 10 2009

Feb. 10, 2009 Written by Becca Johnson MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho International Jazz Collections will honor double bassist Ray Brown with a display during the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival. Brown embodied and demanded excellence. Considered by many to be one of the masters of his instrument, Brown developed an almost perfect sense of time and had a hard swing feel to his lines. "We will pay tribute to Ray Brown, featuring several photographs from our collections,” said Nathan Bender, director of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Idaho Library. The festival also will honor Brown during its Friday evening concert. Also on display will be the 2007 National Medal of the Arts awarded to the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival by former president George W. Bush. "The medal still receives a great deal of attention," said Bender. "It is very symbolic of the festival's dedication to developing a love of jazz in future generations, and providing an arena for showcasing budding talent." Bender said the exhibit also will feature select highlights from the International Jazz Collections, including photographs, books, archival items and a few artifacts, to provide a broad overview of university's holdings. The International Jazz Collections proudly features the Lionel Hampton archival collection and is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and study of jazz. The focus of the collections is the acquisition and preservation of key jazz materials of important musicians, singers, composers, arrangers, authors and critics, as well as secondary materials that commercially document the history of jazz. As the primary jazz archive in the Northwest and western U.S., it also emphasizes the materials of individuals either professionally or personally identified with the region. The display is on view in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center beginning Wednesday, Feb. 25. Viewing hours are 4:30 p.m. to the close of the festival's evening concerts. Additional items from the International Jazz Collections will be on display in the University of Idaho Library throughout the festival. For more information about the International Jazz Collections, call (208) 885-7951 or visit The 2009 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival runs Feb. 25-28 in Moscow. Complete details are on the Web at
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