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NEA Jazz Masters

Washington, DC As you can see from our latest issue of NEA Arts , arts and community is very much a topic of conversation at the NEA. I think the theme for my last few outings has been musicians, museums, and mayors. I hope you all saw our coverage of the NEA Jazz Masters events at Jazz at Lincoln...
New York City, New York Photos by Frank Stewart 2011 NEA Jazz Master David Liebman (left) on saxophone with Justin DiCiocco (Chairman, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Division) during the January 11, 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert. At an event like this one, we feel the whole continuity...
New York, New York Text and photos by Paulette Beete One of the highlights of the NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert is always the pre-concert group photo of all the Jazz Masters. Needless to say trying to wrangle a roomful of musicians---many of whom have known each other for years and relish...
Washington, DC Hubert Laws. Courtesy of Spirit Productions "I got my first flute while I was in high school. What happened was the high school band was playing this piece by Rossini called "The William Tell Overture." The prelude had a big flute solo in there, but in the high school...
Washington, DC The Marsalis Family: (l-r) Ellis, Jr., Wynton, Delfeayo, Jason, and Branford. Photo by Jos L. Knaepen Ellis, Jr. on his first professional band "The first professional job that I had was with this group called the Groovy Boys....This friend of mine, this piano teacher, wanted...
Washington, DC Who better to discuss the new class of NEA Jazz Masters than noted jazz historian, archivist, and scholar Dan Morgenstern (an NEA Jazz Master himself)? As director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University and Grammy Award-winning annotator of record albums (can we even...
Washington, DC Johnny Mandel. Photo by Carol Friedman "And what it comes down to is, learning how to write---in big band or anything like that---is a process of screwing up. You know, your first arrangements always sound horrible, but if you find something that sounded good then you say, well...
Washington, DC NEA Jazz Master David Liebman. Photo by Marek Lazarski "[W]hat might of happened from the moment you got on stage and what happens afterwards is another story….But when you’re on that stage, with those guys, this is serious business and you better be on it. And it...
Abbey Lincoln with old friends (and fellow NEA Jazz Masters) Roy Haynes (l) and Wynton Marsalis (r) at the 2008 NEA Jazz Masters Reunion Lunch. Photo courtesy Katja von Schuttenbach "The gift of music is the magic of the world. It is a discipline that increases understanding. And expresses the...
Washington, DC NEA Jazz Masters Gunther Schuller, Quincy Jones, and Candido Camero during the 2008 NEA Jazz Masters panel discussion moderated by A. B. Spellman. Photo by Tom Pich Where can you get the benefit of nearly 300 years of experience in jazz in just about an hour? The NEA YouTube channel...

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