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All That's Jazz

January 12, 2010
New York, NY

Let the celebration begin! The 2010 NEA Jazz Masters Awards ceremony and concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. (EST) in Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, and feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a program dedicated to the honorees' works. Marsalis and NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman will co-host the event.

There's no reason to miss out if you're not at the event. The program will be broadcast live on terrestrial and satellite radio as well as online. WBGO Jazz 88.3FM based in Newark, New Jersey and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's Real Jazz Channel 70 will broadcast the event live with WBGO's Gary Walker and Sirius/XM's Mark Ruffin as co-hosts. In addition, WBGO and NPR Music will audio stream the event live on their websites at www.wbgo.org and www.npr.org/music/.

You can warm up for the event with some good reading and listening. The new issue of NEA ARTS, our quarterly magazine, focuses on presenting and jazz, including articles on the NEA Jazz Masters Alive initiative, Jazz Master Nat Hentoff?s essay ?The Pulse of Jazz in American History and Culture? and a highlight slideshow of the Jazz Masters performing at the annual concert. And since no celebration is complete without great stories, give a listen to any of our 179 ?NEA Jazz Moments,? audio spots with thirty-four of the Jazz Masters talking about their careers, influences, and most memorable experiences.

Today, we celebrate the 2010 class of NEA Jazz Masters, as well as those who have come before them - many of whom will be there to celebrate and be celebrated tonight. It?s a great day in jazz.

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