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Jazz Center Planned To Honor Lionel Hampton

A multi-million dollar performance hall and education facility bearing the name of jazz great Lionel Hampton is planned to be built at the University of Idaho.

The project has four components: secure the future of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival; support scholarships and professorships in the Lionel Hampton School of Music; establish an international jazz collection that will be accessible electronically, and the construction of a performance and education facility to include a 1,200-capacity performance hall, classrooms, offices and rehearsal rooms.

The target completion date is for 2006, contingent on fund-raising efforts.

Funding for the $60 million four-part project will be drawn from a combination of federal, state and private sources. Former President George H. Bush and his wife, Barbara, who have enjoyed a 40-year friendship with Hampton, are serving as honorary co-chairs of the private fundraising campaign.