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2006.01.30 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

Ecoutez! Continues Feb. 25 with Slide Hampton

Omaha - The 2005-06 Ecoutez! series at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) continues Saturday, Feb. 25, with a performance by master arranger and jazz trombonist Slide Hampton. 

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus.  The doors will open 30 minutes prior to the concert.  Hampton will play with the UNO Faculty Jazz Combo and the UNO Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Pete Madsen, coordinator of jazz studies and assistant professor of trombone at UNO.

"Ecoutez! is committed to bringing the highest calibre of established performers and emerging artists to the metropolitan area," said Roger Foltz, a professor of music at UNO and coordinator of the series.  The word "ecoutez" is French for "listen."  KVNO Classical 90.7 FM is the media sponsor for the series.

Hampton's distinguished career spans decades in the evolution of jazz. At age 12, he began touring the Midwest with the Indianapolis-based Hampton band, led by his father and consisting of other members of his musical family. At age 20, he was performing at Carnegie Hall with the Hampton band. As his reputation grew, he began working with the country's top bandleaders, including Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach, contributing both original compositions and arrangements. The National Endowment for the Arts (N.E.A.) honored Hampton with its highest honor in jazz, the 2005 N.E.A. Jazz Master Award. 

Hampton is appearing at UNO in conjunction with the 34th annual UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival.  Thirty-seven high school and middle school bands from Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri will be honing their craft during the two-day event on the UNO campus.

Individual tickets to the Feb. 25 concert are $15.  All students are admitted free of charge with a valid ID.  Phone reservations for student tickets are recommended.

For more information, call (402) 554-3427.

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