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Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Thu, 15th Nov '07 10:14 AM


UI Jazz Festival to get National Medal of Arts

Here’s the first bit of a news release from the UI and you’ll find more information in Thursday’s Tribune:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the nation prepares to honor jazz great Lionel Hampton during his centennial birth year in 2008, today the White House gave accolades to Hampton’s jazz and education legacy – a legacy which endures in the seemingly unlikely locale of Moscow, Idaho. The 40-years-strong University of Idaho Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival will receive the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s most prestigious arts award, from President George W. Bush in an East Room ceremony on Thursday. The University of Idaho is the first public university to receive the award since it was created by Congress in 1984.

“The University of Idaho is immensely honored to receive the National Medal of Arts and to join the exclusive company of arts leaders in America,” said University President Timothy P. White. He and John Clayton, internationally renowned jazz artist and festival artistic director, will accept the medal in a White House ceremony. They will be joined by former Festival Director Lynn “Doc” Skinner – whose leadership and close working relationship with Hampton built the festival over three decades – and other festival supporters.

“This recognition affirms the vision shared by Lionel Hampton and the university about the power of jazz and education to bridge cultures, inspire creativity and develop the musical leadership abilities of the next generation of jazz leaders,” said White.

Hampton envisioned more than an annual gathering of the world’s top jazz musicians in the heart of winter, in the small university town of Moscow, Idaho. He had a bigger dream – investing in future generations to perpetuate jazz as an art form and providing young students with a great introduction to the truly American art form of jazz.

The National Medal of Arts was established in 1984, the year Lionel Hampton first performed at the University of Idaho Jazz Festival, along with Sarah Vaughan. The festival began as a one-day event in 1967, and grew in presence and prestige through the decades. In 1985, the festival was renamed the Lionel Hampton/ Chevron Festival in his honor, and rededicated as the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in 2006. Hampton died in 2002 at age 94.

The 2008 festival runs Feb. 20-23 with a wide range of performances in a salute to Lionel Hampton on the centennial of his birth.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3844)
Thu, 15th Nov '07 11:59 AM

Very cool. Ten snaps of the finger and thumb.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 16th Nov '07 7:56 AM

I'll say it's cool....February in Idaho!!!!
Lets hope it's indoors....

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