For the hundreds of music students who descend on Moscow, Idaho, every year, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is an opportunity to hone their skills, meet their peers and learn from some masterful musicians with real-world experience. Even if you’re not one of those students, a visit to the fest is worthwhile to catch one (or more) of the 400+ student performances happening across the University of Idaho campus, or one of the headlining gigs at the Kibbie Dome featuring legit big names in the jazz world. This year, those names are Vertical Voices, performing Friday night with the UI jazz choir and band, various competition winners and the festival’s own “rhythm section all-stars,” and sax master Joshua Redman on Saturday with some competition winners and the Lionel Hampton Big Band featuring Jason Marsalis.
Fri-Sat, Feb. 28-29, evening concerts start at 7:30 pm • $22-$45/individual nights; $50-$75/weekend passes • University of Idaho Kibbie Dome • 1000 Stadium Dr., Moscow • uidaho.com/class/jazzfest
— Dan Nailen