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Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival will be online in 2021

| August 21, 2020 1:00 AM

The University of Idaho's 54th annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, set for Feb. 25 through 27, will be a special virtual event, enabling students from around the world to perform and learn from the brightest stars in jazz.

"The festival has typically featured a regional focus, but this format will provide the opportunity for schools around the globe to perform,� said festival manager Josh Skinner. "We want to provide an event for all schools to participate, regardless of their situation forced by the coronavirus.�

Skinner said the festival will still include elementary, junior high, high school and college student performances, workshops and concerts featuring world-class artists, except with a bonus feature.

�Some of our concerts will have archived footage with Lionel Hampton and his band with special guests," Skinner said. "We will share many special moments throughout the history of the festival."

The festival, which honors the music, dance and history of jazz, is one of the largest and oldest educational jazz events in the world. Recent festivals have attracted approximately 150 schools and nearly 5,000 students to the Moscow campus. The festival will resume its traditional format in 2022.

Musicians performing during the 2021 festival will be announced this fall. The evening concerts will be aired virtually to local and international audiences.

Registration at runs from Sept. 8 through Dec. 18. Registration is $100 for participation in all workshops and one solo or combo performance critique. Additional performance critiques will be $25 for soloists, $50 for combos and $75 for ensembles. Festival events will open to the public for registration in early 2021.