Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival

Events, Things to Do — By njensen on February 23, 2011 at 12:00 am

Don’t usually think of backwoods Idaho as the center of great jazz music? Okay, I don’t blame you. But here it is. Hosted by the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho (and by the way, we pronounce Mos-ko, not cow) the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival was awarded a National Medal of Arts in 2007 – the nation’s most prestigious arts award.

For four days, starting today, Moscow is the home of some of the best jazz music you will hear anywhere. The festivities are led by artistic director John Clayton, renowned bassist, arranger, composer, jazz educator and long time Festival friend.

Some of the world’s greats appear at the festival, as well as local elementary, high school, and college students getting their feet wet on the jazz stage.

If your weekend plans include shooshing down the mountains of Idaho, take a break and enjoy the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in your off-the-mountain hours.