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Jazz Masters

"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...
Jimmy Owens, center, and his band perform The Monk Project at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola inside Jazz at Lincoln Center. Image by Frank Stewart I'll never forget the moment I met Jimmy Owens in the back of Dizzy's Club a few months ago. The man who often dons a hat that says "Peaceful...
With this week's podcast, you have the opportunity to meet 26-year-old Aaron Diehl , winner of the 2011 Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, the prestigious competition of the American Pianists Association. Diehl is an elegant jazz pianist who also knows how to let loose; his playing has been called...
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...
This week's podcast is a conversation with 2003 Jazz Master Jimmy Heath . Heath is a triple threat: a great saxophonist, a dynamic composer, and an innovative arranger. During his career, he has performed on more than 100 record albums, including seven with The Heath Brothers and 12 as a band...
Washington, DC Compiled by Victoria Hutter Dave Liebman (foreground) swings at the 2011 Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert. Photo by Frank Stewart This morning, the NEA's new class of Lifetime Honors recipients was announced. As we congratulate our new honorees, we thought we'd also take a...