The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival received a $15,000 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Live Grant to produce live events featuring NEA Jazz Masters. The U of I festival is one of six nonprofits to receive the grants, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Monterey Jazz Festival in California.
The goal is to produce programs to engage audiences with NEA Jazz Masters through performances, lectures and master classes.
The University produces a world-class jazz education and performance festival that brings the best of today’s jazz artists — including several Jazz Masters — to Moscow to work with students from around the nation.
The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship is the highest honor the nation bestows on jazz musicians. Each year since 1982, the program has elevated to its ranks a select number of living legends who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz.
Some of the jazz artist participating in the Live events will be bassist Ron Carter, vibraphone and marimba player Bobby Hutcherson, vocalist Sheila Jordan and pianist Eddie Palmieri.