2013 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival

The newspapers wrote, “Jammin’ with Yamin,” and you know, it really was.  It’s my dream and mission for jazz education to feel like the real thing–as creative, adventurous and rapturous as performing it and that’s what’s happening at The Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival. I’m so grateful for this wonderful festival that provides the opportunity […]

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival 2011

  What a phenomenal festival this is.  7,000 young people from all over the Northwest descend on Moscow, Idaho where they are embraced by the entire University of Idaho community.  And I mean the whole community from the president to the freshmen and families in neighborhoods.  Students, teachers, jazz fans and curious bystanders are all […]

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Jazz in the Schools

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 […]