For several years when we lived in the Palouse region of Idaho and Washington, our anniversary present to each other was tickets for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, held each February at the University of Idaho. We saw Hampton and numerous other greats play there, and were honored to witness one of the last performances of the famed vibraphone player. Hampton was the first jazz musician to have a university school of music named in his honor.
This video is from much earlier, 1978, and features “Hamp” and his orchestra playing the Glenn Miller classic “In the Mood” at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. The song also is relevant to us because it was part of “Sun Valley Serenade,” a 1941 movie filmed near where we lived for three years in the 1980s.
The song has lyrics, but the video below is all-instrumental: