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NEA Jazz Masters

Washington, DC Our offices are located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC in the Old Post Office Building, also known as the Nancy Hanks Center in honor of the agency's second chair who spearheaded the fight to find us a permanent home. NEA file photo Bright and early this morning,...
Washington, DC Gerald Wilson conducts the world premiere performance of his composition "Detroit," a piece commissioned for the 2009 Detroit International Jazz Festival. Photo by Jeff Forman. NEA Jazz Master Gerald Wilson doesn?t seem to know his age. For a 92-year-old, he still travels across...
Washington, DC What happens when you start a career on an instrument, become one of the leading performers on it, and then can't play it any more? If you're NEA Jazz Master David Baker, you move on to something new. When he could no longer play trombone due to an accident to his jaw, Baker took up...
Washington, DC St. Louis hometown hero (and NEA Jazz Master) Clark Terry has garnered many honors over a distinguished career, including a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Portrait by Tom Pich Thanks to Rocco, we know that St. Louis has a long live theater tradition. But the "Gateway to the West...
April 22, 2010 Washington, DC Pianist Hank Jones was named an NEA Jazz Master in 1989. Photo by Tom Pich What makes jazz jazz? Not a question most people want to answer, but NEA Jazz Master Hank Jones takes a crack at it in the newest edition of Art Works podcasts. The NEA?s Josephine Reed also...
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...
April 14, 2010 Washington, DC Me with 2010 NEA Jazz Master Muhal Richard Abrams (left) during the NEA Jazz Master celebration. Photo by Tom Pich I didn?t hear much jazz when I was growing up. My parents played mostly country/western, and, with apologies to Rocco, it was not pleasant to hear George...
January 28, 2010 Washington, DC Thanks to jazz aficionado and radio producer Molly Murphy, with her encyclopedic knowledge of the art form and easy rapport with jazz musicians, we now have eight extended interviews with the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters on our website. These candid, free-flowing...
January 10, 2010 New York, NY Two more sessions focusing on jazz at the Arts Presenters conference with NEA Jazz Masters playing a key role: Underway now and continuing to 10:45: "Got Jazz? A New Age of Audience Enlightenment." Led by Lawrence Simpson of the Berklee College of Music with...

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