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It ain’t always easy to get recognition as an artist, particularly in Washington. We’ve got plenty of memorials for presidents and world leaders, and there’s no shortage of statues portraying generals on horses. But only one musician has been commemorated with a statue of his own...
To those that have been following what is going on in the creative placemaking corner of the arts world, there are probably a lot of questions at the moment about what the NEA's next steps will be regarding our creative placemaking work. In the spirit of openness and oversharing, I want to let...
Well, it was quite a show! Last night's 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony and Concert was filled with incredible music, moving tributes, and spectacular collaborations between jazz's rising stars and master musicians. Although the webcast will soon be archived online, we thought we'...
Well, tonight's the night you've all been waiting for: the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony and Concert. Before you tune into our webcast — broadcast live from Jazz at Lincoln Center at 7:30 p.m. EST — we thought we'd introduce you to Soledad O'Brien, who will be co...
Like peanut butter and jelly or red wine and cheese, music and books are often enhanced when enjoyed together. So with the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony and Concert coming up on Monday, we thought it would be fun to pair our Big Read books with what felt like complementary jazz tunes. Have...
"The genesis to actually being a jazz player came from my desire to change notes in other people's music." -- 2014 NEA Jazz Master Keith Jarrett Today's our final video tribute to the 2014 class of NEA Jazz Masters featuring master pianist Keith Jarrett ! Don't forget to join...
"Good players will say--don't specialize or focus on one kind of music. Do it all!" -- 2014 NEA Jazz Master Richard Davis Today we're celebrating 2014 NEA Jazz Master Richard Davis , a master bassist and educator. Join us to celebrate the entire class of 2014 NEA Jazz Masters on...
"We didn't eat breakfast or lunch or dinner without my Dad putting a stack of 78s on the record player." -- 2014 NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold In today's video tribute, we celebrate 2014 NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold , the recipient of this year's A. B. Spellman Award for...
"I have no idea what my life would have become had I not discovered music." -- NEA Jazz Master Anthony Braxton This week we're celebrating the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters! First up is master multi-hyphenate (saxophonist-clarinetist-flautist-composer-educator-author) Anthony Braxton . Join...
Over 100 years after his death, Mark Twain is still making headlines—and not just in the literary world. Last month , PsyPost.com ran a piece announcing, “New study confirms Mark Twain’s saying: Travel is fatal to prejudice.” The study, first published in the journal Social...

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