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Jazz Appreciation Month

To help you kick off Jazz Appreciation Month, here are some listening suggestions from rising star jazz pianist Helen Sung and former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine. Almost anything by Wayne Shorter, definitely one of my all-time favorites! It’s hard to pick only one tune from his album...
This week's podcast is the perfect bridge between Women’s History Month and Jazz Appreciation Month: it’s a conversation with legendary singer and 2012 NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan. Jordan grew up with her grandparents in Pennsylvania’s coal-mining country. In high school,...
Washington, DC Brian Blade and Christopher Thomas of Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band are featured in Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense . Photo by Jean Hangarter ?It?s a quick and surface explanation, a cliché, to say that, ?Jazz is the only truly American art form,?? said John...
April 19, 2010 Washington, DC Katja von Schuttenbach and Wynton Marsalis at the NEA Jazz Masters luncheon, October 2009. Photo by Tom Pich Katja von Schuttenbach is the NEA's Jazz specialist, working on projects including the annual NEA Jazz Masters selection and celebration (and reminding us that...