Dee Daniels honors Hampton
By Shawn O'Neal, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
When you are Dee Daniels it can be tough to get from the Kibbie Dome stage to a comfortable seat.
The walk is short but there are friends, acquaintances and fans all looking for a little face time.
"She's a popular gal." one fan said after shaking Daniels'
hand following her concert Thursday a the University of Idaho Lionel
Hampton Jazz Festival.
Expected to get into town about 5 p.m., Hampton's flight from New York did not land until just after 8 p.m. By that time he opted for a night's rest instead of pushing to make the performance.
What he missed was Daniels' tribute to him - a soulful rendition of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," which was the first song Hampton ever heard Daniels sing.
"In talking with (festival director Lynn Skinner) last year
about the tribute he'd like to give Lionel he asked me to come up
with something special," Daniels told the audience. "I
came to the conclusion that I was going to perform this song because
I know he really likes it, so we're going to share it with you."
It was the third and final song of Daniels' quick set, which also included "Look of Love" and "Love is Here."
Daniels simply was happy Hampton could make it to the festival.
Daniels seems to mean a great deal to area jazz fans. Backstage a teen-age girl approached the Vancouver, British Columbia resident for an autograph and couldn't stand still as the singer personalized the signature and sealed the encounter with a hug.