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NEA Jazz Masters

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,...
2012 NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens performs at the January 10 concert celebration. Photo by Michael G. Stewart Last week we celebrated the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters, and as I was saying to [NEA Music Director] Wayne Brown, I thought this was our best Jazz Masters yet. We began on Monday, January 9, the...
NEA Jazz Masters Hank Jones, Barry Harris, and Billy Taylor at the inaugural NEA Jazz Masters Concert and Ceremony. Photo by Tom Pich Before the winter holidays, we asked some jazz fans we know to give us their picks for favorite songs and albums. We heard from Joanne Stevens (director of Jazz...
Tomorrow night we will celebrate our 2012 class of NEA Jazz Masters and 30 years of the NEA Jazz Masters Lifetime Honors. Seems fitting to dip into the archives for this essay from critic, journalist, and producer Nat Hentoff , who received the inaugural A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for...
In 2008 we dedicated our first NEA Arts issue of the year to celebrating the new class of NEA Jazz Masters. In that issue, we also spotlighted our Jazz in the Schools (JITS) curriculum, which had just celebrated its third birthday. Bringing Jazz to a New Generation: NEA Jazz in the Schools Reaches...
This week's podcast is the first of a two-part interview with legendary drummer and 2012 NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette . The Chicago-born, New York-based musician has played with virtually every major jazz figure from the 1960s on, including NEA Jazz Masters Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman,...
"I can't imagine a world without jazz, and the fact that it's a living, functioning, exciting organism." --- David Baker , 2000 NEA Jazz Master "In the studio, that's a log of your presence. It's an auditory carbon copy of what you hear that someone else shares with...
Washington, DC In this week's podcast , pianist, composer, NEA Jazz Master and 2011 Guggenheim Fellow Randy Weston talks about his life in music. And what a life he’s led! For six decades, he has embodied world music, traveling and performing in five continents, always listening for the...
Washington, DC This week’s Art Works podcast is a conversation with legendary jazz bass player and cellist NEA Jazz Master Ron Carter. Carter is an elegant man: dignified, soft-spoken, deliberate---his quiet demeanor gives no hint that the man has packed so much into his career. You have to...
Washington, DC The NEA has a proud tradition of honoring master artists in folk and traditional arts, jazz, and, more recently, opera. In the budget proposal we have submitted for fiscal year 2012 , we hope to be able to extend these honors and the accompanying support to the full range of American...

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