Known as the King of the Vibraphone, Lionel Hampton, 90 this year, offers Seattle jazz enthusiasts a rare treat with his upcoming booking at Jazz Alley, from Mar. 3 through Mar. 8 Hampton is one of the few surviving internationally recognized jazz stars of the swing era still touring with his big band, considered to be the best band of its type in the world.
Performances are Tues-Thurs and Sun at 8:00 & 9:30 p.m., Fri & Sat 8:30 & 10:30 pm., with food service available. Jazz Alley is located at 2033 Sixth Avenue, downtown Seattle. For tickets ($20.50-$19.50 with a discount for dining patrons) call (206) 441-9729.
-- By David-Edward Hughes