Sunday, January 12, 2014

2014 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

The 2014 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival continues its 47 year-old, annual tradition of bringing the best and brightest modern jazz performers to light up the stage at the University of Idaho.

Started in 1967 by a handful of student bands and a single guest performer, trumpeter Bud Brisbois, the festival has grown with each successive year. Ella Fitzgerald's performance at the 1981 festival helped to draw international attention to the annual festival - both by fans and performers.

In 1984, legendary jazz vibraphonist, pianist, and bandleader Lionel Hampton was so taken by his experience performing at the festival that, the following year, he gave both his name and time, as artistic director, to the festival.

The list of jazz luminaries who have performed at the festival include Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Carmen McRae, and Wynton Marsalis, among others.

The festival's current artistic director is Grammy winning bassist and composer John Clayton and this year's festival theme is “Pioneers of Jazz.” The opening concert on the 19th is scheduled to feature Benny Golson, Ken Peplowski, Grace Kelly and the quartet of Josh Nelson, Shawn Conley, Bruce Forman and Kevin Kanner, as well as the Lionel Hampton School of Music Jazz Band 1.

A full schedule of performances for the 2014 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival can be found here

2014 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

2014 Lionel Hampton Jazz FestivalFeb. 19-22nd, 2014
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Planning on attending?
We have eleven member inns in the North Central river region of the state, with four of them in Moscow, the home of the University of Idaho where the 2014 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is set to take place. Any one of them would be the superior choice of lodging in the area for comfort, personalized service, and value. Give them a chance to show you the true meaning of hospitality. See you at the festival!

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