Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Jazz in the Schools

Eli Yamin flying into a workshop at Lionel Hampton Jazz Fest.

Eli Yamin flying into a workshop at Lionel Hampton Jazz Fest.

I just flew back from the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho.  What a magnificent experience! Over eight thousand music students, phenomenal volunteer and business community support, incredible artists and teachers.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  On Monday I formed a pick up band with 5 music students and alums from the University of Idaho Music School.

The next day we went into 3 different elementary schools in Pullman, Washington and Moscow, Idaho.  We were supported by a terrific crew of drivers, volunteers from the community and university.  The Magic and Mechanics of Jazz came to life with our newly minted ensemble…Eli Yamin and his Northwest-tet…

Eli Yamin and his Northwest-tet

Eli Yamin and his Northwest-tet, l-r-"Bubber" Ethan, trumpet, Tiffany "Left Foot", drums, Troy "Slim", bass, "Little Prez" Casey, tenor saxophone, Jenny "Swingmatism," trombone

First performance in Pullman, Washington

First performance in Pullman, Washington

We were blown away by the kids and their enthusiasm at Russell Elementary in Moscow…

Eli Yamin and his Northwest-tet at Russel Elementary School

Eli Yamin and his Northwest-tet at Russel Elementary School

The love and respect for music runs deep in Moscow…

Musicians at Russell School

Musicians at Russell School

Over the course of the day, the band tightened up and got closer to the earth. The groove kicked in…

Tiffany's left foot

Tiffany's left foot

Everywhere we went, children joined us on stage…

Stomp Clappin' for Hamp

Stomp Clappin' for Hamp

Our drivers danced

Our drivers danced

What a great team!

Eli, musicians and crew!

Eli, musicians and crew!

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