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Art Works Podcast: Jimmy Owens

This week's podcast is a conversation with 2012 Jazz Master Jimmy Owens. The timing couldn’t be better: tomorrow, we celebrate his birthday and in early January, he releases his new CD called The Monk Project (which features fellow Jazz Master Kenny Barron). There is little in the world of jazz Jimmy Owens hasn’t done. For most people, playing outstanding trumpet and flugelhorn would be enough, but that’s Owens’ starting point. He is also a composer, arranger, educator, and advocate for jazz and jazz artists. He has done extensive work as a bandleader and as a soloist. His musical compositions are wide-ranging, with scores for orchestras, films, and ballets, as well as for smaller jazz bands. He has performed around the world and is always impressed by the way that jazz transcends language, culture, and nationality.

If you love jazz, don’t miss the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Concert and Awards Ceremony. It will take place at 7:30 p.m. on January 10, 2012, at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Along with Jimmy Owens, the NEA is honoring Jack DeJohnette, Von Freeman, Charlie Haden, and Sheila Jordan. The concert may be  sold out, but you don’t have to miss the action: we are webcasting it live! Click here for more information about this free event and live webcast.

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