No Midlife Crisis for this Jazz Festival
Hard to believe, but this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival. Named for the renowned vibraphonist, who passed away in 2002, the festival pulls in some of the finest jazz artists from around the world. This year's festival runs February 21-24 and includes a Nat King Cole Tribute by Monty Alexander with Freddy Cole, Jeff Hamilton, Christian McBride, Russell Malone and many more performing at the Kibbie Dome. There will also be a performance by the Four Freshman and a tribute to longtime artistic director Dr. Lynn "Doc" Skinner, who retired in June. This is a great 40th birthday to celebrate so be sure to join in the fun. General tickets went on sale December 4, so hurry and get yours. For ticket information, contact the University of Idaho ticket office at 208-885-7212 or toll-free 1-88-88-UIDAHO; you can also visit their Web site at www.uitickets.com. For more information about artist workshops and the festival lineup, visit www.jazz.uidaho.edu.
John Jorgensen Brings His Quintet to Sandpoint
Gypsy jazz and Sandpoint may seem like an unusual combination, but that's what music lovers at the Panida Theatre are going to get January 19, when the John Jorgensen Quintet comes to town. Jorgensen, considered a pioneer of American gypsy jazz, is a seasoned veteran who's in demand everywhere by everyone. His music has been played by folks ranging from Elton John (whose band he played in for six years) to Bonnie Raitt, and Jorgensen recently took time off from performing music to take a role as legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt in the film Head Over the Clouds. The concert starts at 8 p.m. at 300 N. First St.; ticket prices are $16 for members of the Pend Oreille Arts Council, $20 for adults and $9 for ages 17 and under. Get the skinny on tickets and other information by calling 208-263-6139 or visiting www.artinsandpoint.org.
Man and music Come to Lewiston
The Lewiston Civic Theatre located at 805 6th Ave., Lewiston, is featuring Meredith Willson's classic The Music Man, with stage direction by Fred Scheibe and vocal direction by Sharon Warner. The original musical has delighted audiences since 1957 and we have no doubt Scheibe and Warner's rendition will do just that. The presentation runs through December 17. For ticket prices and other information, call 208-746-3401 or visit www.lctheatre.org.
Children's Theater Presents The Little Mermaid (Sebastian Not Included)
For the little ones who haven't watched the Disney DVD a thousand times yet, Missoula Children's Theater presents a stage version of The Little Mermaid that should get the kids out of the house and singing along. This musical presentation based more on the Hans Christian Anderson tale than the Disney film (though, hopefully without the downer ending of the original) plays at the Panida Theatre at 300 N. First in Sandpoint, February 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $8.50 adults, $5.50 for the 17-and-under set. Ticket availability and other information can be found by calling 208-263-6139 or visiting www.artinsandpoint.org.