What is the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival anyway?
Thank you for asking. We asked too! According to a recent article in the Spokane Spokseman Review, the festival began at the University of Idaho in 1967. The festival was originally called the UI Jazz Festival. The name was changed to honor vibraphone legend, Lionel Hampton in 1985.
What will we see and hear?
During the day, you will hear young jazz musicians participating in all things jazz oriented. They will compete in vocal and instrumental categories. And, they will compete in ensembles and solo. The ages of these performers range from elementary school age to college age. The participants can attend clinics. Furthermore, members of the U of I faculty teach the clinics. What a great opportunity for these young people to learn from university professors!
In the evening, the Kibbie Dome plays host to big name jazz favorites. Some of the featured performers are; the New Lionel Hampton Big Band with singer Antonia Bennett. She is a daughter of Tony Bennet. Also, vibraphonist Joseph Doubleday is playing at the festival . We have linked to the U of I Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival webpage, and you can look a the schedule they have posted in order to plan your time at the festival.
On Friday night, in the Kibbie Dome, the U of I Jazz choir I and the Jazz Band I perform. We have attended their performances in the past and they are really talented and great fun to hear!
We have also linked to the Spokesman Review‘s webpage for more detailed information about what all the fuss is about! They have included lots of good information about other artists who will be performing at the jazz festival.
Finally, if you are searching for something different to do this weekend, head up to Moscow for the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival!
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