The 54th annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, hosted by the University of Idaho’s eponymous school of music, will be delivered virtually this year, but organizers are still finding a way to showcase young talent.

Included with a slate of professional performers for this year’s fest is a student ensemble assembled from universities across the country that are affiliated with the Grammy Museum.

Vanessa Sielert, director of the UI’s school of music and education adviser for the festival, said the group, called the Grammy Museum Affiliate Collective, is an opportunity to expose students to “the rest of the world.”

“I think that it shows our students that there’s more to music than what’s just happening in their front yard,” Sielert said. “That’s kind of the point is to open them up to collaboration with musicians from all over the world.”

Sielert said the group was coached by a pair of
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