Lincoln Foundation, in partnership with Dick Sisto, Ken Clay, and Owsley Brown III, present the 2nd annual Lionel Hampton Tribute Concert Showcase. The concert takes place Friday, August 17th at 7:30 pm at the Holy Trinity Clifton Campus Eifler Theatre (formerly the Clifton Center) located at 2117 Payne Street.
The fundraiser benefits Lincoln Foundation’s signature Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®. The ultimate goal of the college prep program is to empower students for successful graduation from high school and college. Scholars have earned over 400 postsecondary degrees since 2000. Lincoln Foundation has empowered disadvantaged youth to overcome adversity through education since its inception by Berea College over 100 years ago. The mission of the organization is to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming barriers to achievement.
The Lionel Hampton Tribute Concert Showcase honors the late, great jazz musician and Louisville native Lionel Hampton. Born on April 20, 1908, Hampton popularized the vibraphone and was renowned for being an innovator, actor, pianist, showman, and entertainer. Hampton received countless awards and honors which included being recognized for his outstanding work in music by two standing presidents. Both President George H. W. Bush and President Bill Clinton honored the jazz icon.
Louisville’s own jazz legend, vibraphonist Dick Sisto, continues to keep Hampton’s legacy alive. Sisto will serve as the artistic and musical director for the showcase. A group of world-class artists will join Sisto including Jeremy Allen, double bass; Art Gore, drums; Walter Smith III, saxophone; Robert McCarther, vocals; and two-time Grammy Award winner, Kamau Kenyatta, piano. Four of the artists are also renowned professors of jazz at some of the country’s preeminent schools of music.
The evening begins with the presentation of the prestigious Spirit of Excellence Award. The award is annually given to a local individual who exemplifies an active commitment to education, human/community service, and leadership. The 2018 recipients are Steve and Amy Trager. Steve is the Chairman and CEO of Republic Bank, and Amy is a community leader and volunteer. Past recipients include Christina Lee Brown, Laura Douglas, Ed Hamilton, Mary Gwen Wheeler, Mayor Greg Fischer, Robert & Deborah Blair and Lonnie & the late Muhammad Ali.
Tickets for the Lionel Hampton Tribute Showcase are $40 for general admission and $25 for students with a valid ID and can be purchased through www.louisvilletickets.com. Tickets are also available at Better Days Records East and Better Days Records West.
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