Lionel Hampton Jazz Center Planned
The Lionel Hampton Center, a multimillion-dollar music complex in the name of the jazz great, will be built at the University of Idaho. The performance hall and education facility, located just east oThe Lionel Hampton Center, a multimillion-dollar music complex in the name of the jazz great, will be built at the University of Idaho. The performance hall and education facility, located just east of the university's music school, is targeted for completion in 2006, contingent on fund-raising efforts.
The $60-million project has the support of former president George Bush and his wife, Barbara, and Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat from Michigan. Conyers joined university president Bob Hoover and the 92-year-old Hampton, along with the Bushes by video, in the unveiling of plans for the 83,000-square-foot center last week.
The project will secure the future of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and support scholarships and professorships at the Lionel Hampton School of Music.
About $40 million is needed for the center, which will include a 1,200-seat performance hall, classrooms, offices and rehearsal rooms. Another $20 million will pay for scholarships, new professors, and digitized conversion of the school's international jazz collection.
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