Yesterday evening, four of the country's greatest living jazz legends were feted by their fellow musicians at the Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson, Eddie Palmieri, and Lorraine Gordon were toasted with warm words and incredible music, filling the club with a sense of electricity and magic. If you missed our live webcast of the event, you can watch it in full online.
Below are a few photographic highlights of the night, which we hope give a sense of this unforgettable celebration.
Described as "the house band to end all house bands," the evening's featured trio consisted of past NEA Jazz Masters Kenny Barron (2010) on piano, Jimmy Cobb (2009) on drums, and Ron Carter (1998), pictured here, on bass. Photo by Michael G. Stewart
Pianist, singer, and songwriter Mose Allison performed his song "Was" while his daughter Amy Allison accompanied him on vocals. Photo by Michael G. Stewart
2001 NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston performed a beautiful rendition of "Hi-Fly" with Ron Carter and Jimmy Cobb. The song was dedicated to the three NEA Jazz Masters who passed away this year: Von Freeman (2012), Dave Brubeck (1999), and John Levy (2006). Photo by Michael G. Stewart
Although 2013 honoree Lorraine Gordon was unable to attend the celebration, 2003 NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath played the song "Sweet Lorraine" in her honor. He was accompanied by the NEA Jazz Master Trio. Photo by Michael G. Stewart
2012 NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan performed her autobiographical song "Sheila's Blues" with the help of the NEA Jazz Master Trio. Photo by Michael G. Stewart
Pianist, composer, bandleader, and newly inducted NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri plays "Iraida," a song inspired by his wife. Photo by Michael G. Stewart
Saxophonist and 2013 NEA Jazz Master Lou Donaldson played his signature "Blues Walk," which he performs at every show. Photo by Michael G. Stewart
2005 NEA Jazz Master Paquito D'Rivera and 2011 NEA Jazz Master Dave Leibman joined the trio for the final song of the evening, "Blues Walk" by Miles Davis. It was an incredible way to end the night. Photo by Michael G. Stewart