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Langston Hughes was never far from jazz. He listened to it at nightclubs, collaborated with musicians from Monk to Mingus, often held readings accompanied by jazz combos, and even wrote a children’s book called The First Book of Jazz . For Hughes, jazz was a way of life. He was, of course,...
"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...
Video of Julia Alvarez - 2009 National Book Festival "Nothing human is alien to the pen of a novelist. And when we read, nothing human is alien to us either." —Julia Alvarez, speaking at the 2009 National Book Festival Love literature? See which authors will be speaking this weekend...
This month we’re celebrating the 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellows. Today we present a short film that takes an intergenerational look at Paiute culture, featuring 2013 honoree Ralph Burns, a master storyteller and tradition bearer of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. The documentary is by...
from announcing the 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellows! Wondering what to do while you wait? Visit with the 2012 Fellows, of course. From October 2012, here's the concert celebrating Mike Auldridge, Paul and Darlene Bergren, Harold A. Burnham, Albert B. Head, Leonardo "Flaco" Jiménez...
"You can't separate the city from the arts, it's all part of the same passion." --- Jennifer Conlin, CriticCar On April 19 of last year, the NEA and the Knight Foundation announced the three finalists of the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge . Each of the finalists...
Video of NEA Jazz Masters: Tribute to Eddie Palmieri “If one word could describe Maestro Palmieri's playing, it would be 'intensity.' It's a force of nature that aurally represents his life." ---Drummer Bobby Sanabria “Eddie Palmieri is the greatest friend and the...

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