The VIPP Report: Jazz artists begin to arrive in Louisville to pay tribute to Lionel Hampton for his contributions in music

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LOUISVILLE, KY – The Lincoln Foundation in partnership with Dick Sisto, Ken Clay, Owsley Brown III, Louisville Public Media, Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, The Kentucky Center, Mike Balter Mallets and Vandoren Saxophone Reeds proudly announces the inaugural Lionel Hampton Tribute Concert Showcase. The event will take place in the Bomhard Theater of the Kentucky Center on Saturday October 7th at 7:30 p.m.  The concert will be a live-recording.

 Dick Sisto, on vibraphone, is the artistic and music director who will lead a group of featured jazz artists who will pay tribute to jazz greats past and present.  They include Barry Ries, trumpet; Bobby Broom, guitar; Bobby Floyd, keyboards; Jim Anderson, bass; Art Gore, drums and special guest Harry Skoler, clarinet (Berklee College of Music). These experienced artists have played with jazz greats such as Lionel Hampton, Sonny Rollins, Count Basie, Benny Golson, and George Benson.

            Louisville native Lionel Hampton was born on April 20, 1908. He popularized the vibraphone and played with the Benny Goodman Quartet before becoming a successful bandleader. Hampton received honors from Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He performed well into his 90s before passing away in 2002.

           Mayor Greg Fischer and the city of Louisville have embraced this event and hope to honor this hometown jazz great and innovator with an official Lionel Hampton dedication day. The event will also feature a showcase of young percussion students on the vibraphone and drums.  A music scholarship will be considered for one of the participating youth.

           Tickets start at $30.00 and they are still available at the Kentucky Center Box Office.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Lincoln Foundation’s signature Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®.  During the concert, a representative from Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky will make a special announcement that will impact the youth in the scholars program.

           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. Lincoln Foundation outcomes demonstrate that students can break the cycle of poverty in their families through higher education. Students are holistically developed in an educational culture that stresses academic achievement and graduation from college.  Lincoln Foundation annually serves approximately 600 students from two years of age through college with its year-round, nontraditional educational enrichment programs.

For additional information, please contact Paula Campbell at 502.585.4733 ext. 203 or Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com or visit our website at www.lincolnfdn.org.

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The VIPP Report: News conference to announce an event to keep Louisville native Lionel Hampton’s music legacy alive

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MEDIA ADVISORY

June 2, 2017

 

WHO:             Lincoln Foundation representatives and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

WHAT:           Details will be announced about an upcoming event that will celebrate the                           life and accomplishments of Louisville native Lionel Hampton

WHEN:           Wednesday, June 7, 2017

WHERE:         Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main Street

TIME:             11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Confirmed attendees:

Mayor Greg Fischer, Dick Sisto, Ken Clay, Larry McDonald, and a representative from the Owsley Brown II family

If you have any questions, please contact Paula Campbell with Lincoln Foundation at 502-651-1015 or Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435.

 

 

The VIPP Report: It’s the Evening of Jazz hosted by the Lincoln Foundation

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Lincoln Foundation invites you to attend one of the premiere jazz events in the city, the 21st Annual Evening of Jazz, Friday, August 19th at the KCD Theater, 4100 Springdale Road.  The pre-concert reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a pre-concert reception followed by the program and benefit concert at 7:00 p.m. Derrick Rose, WHAS11 Television Anchor/Reporter, will be this year’s emcee.

The featured entertainment will be The Dick Sisto/Steve Allee Quartet with Jeremy Allen and Jason Tiemann performing original music from their recent CD entitled “Earth Tones”.  The CD which has received rave reviews from Jazz Times and All About Jazz will be available for purchase with part of the proceeds benefiting the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®.

The annual fundraiser’s theme is “A Toast to Education”. The Spirit of Excellence Award will be presented to Ms. Diane Porter a community leader and retired educator. She currently serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Jefferson County Board of Education.  Past recipients include Christina Lee Brown, Ed Hamilton, Mary Gwen Wheeler, Mayor Greg Fischer, Robert & Deborah Blair and Lonnie & the late Muhammad Ali.  The prestigious award is given annually to an individual in the community who exemplifies an active community commitment to education, human/community service, and leadership.

The Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® was created in 1990 by Dr. Samuel Robinson, President Emeritus, to serve the educational needs of academically talented, socioeconomically disadvantaged youth in grades 7-12. YOUNG is an acronym for Youth Organized to Understand New Goals. The program was named for Dr. Whitney M. Young, Sr., graduate and first African American President of the Lincoln Institute, and his son Dr. Whitney M. Young, Jr., noted educator, statesman, and human rights advocate. The Scholars program serves 425 students annually preparing them for academic achievement and college graduation. Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program® has proven outcomes of success. Scholars annually achieve a 100% high school graduation rate and Scholars have earned 357 undergraduate and graduate college degrees since 2000. Today over 150 Scholars are enrolled at accredited colleges or universities.

Lincoln Foundation has empowered disadvantaged youth to overcome adversity through education since its inception by Berea College over 100 years ago.   The mission of Lincoln Foundation is to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming barriers to achievement.

This year’s Evening of Jazz was made possible due to the generous support of presenting sponsor LG&E and KU Energy, and other signature sponsors which include Brown-Forman, Business First, Louisville Defender, McCarthy Strategic Solutions, Stock Yards Bank & Trust and PNC Bank among others.

Tickets are available for purchase through the KCD Theater box office http://www.kcdtheater.org/.  For additional information about Lincoln Foundation or the 21st Annual Evening of Jazz, please contact Paula Campbell at 502.585.4733 ext. 203 or visit the Lincoln Foundation website at http://www.lincolnfdn.org.

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