Hampton and his New York Big Band make their first appearance at the University
of Idaho Jazz Festival. Hampton and his band continue to return annually.
and Jazz Festival Executive Director Lynn J. Skinner begin a close association
in producing and expanding the festival. The festival is named the Lionel Hampton
University of Idaho names its School of Music after Hampton. The Lionel Hampton
School of Music is the only such school named after a jazz musician. Six thousand
students take part in the festival that year.
receives an honorary doctorate from UI.
expands from three to four days of student competitions with more than 12,000
student musicians attending the festival. The Jazz in the Schools program is initiated
and Hampton begins an annual tradition of performing at Lapwai Elementary School
on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation.
designates UI as the recipient of his personal papers and memorabilia. They will
become part of the UI's International Jazz Collections. A fourth day of student
competitions is added for elementary, middle and junior high student groups.
than 850 student groups register to participate in the festival.
first Lionel Hampton Scholarship is awarded to trumpeter Igmar "Snooky"
of the UI's Lionel Hampton Center Initiative. The effort includes
creating an endowment for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, scholarships
and professorship for the Lionel Hampton School of Music, housing
and support for the International Jazz Collections, and building
a performance and education facility. Also, the UI Alumni Association
names Hampton the recipient of the Distinguished Idahoan Award,
recognizing Hampton's international reputation, and the extraordinary
service and distinction he has brought to UI and the state of Idaho.
February 23, 2002
- Lionel takes the stage and leads his big band in a jaw
dropping finale at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, in what would
prove to be his final public performance.