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New York, New York 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Panel. (l-r) A.B. Spellman, Orrin Keepnews, Hubert Laws, David Liebman, Johnny Mandel, and Ellis Marsalis, Jr. Photos by Ayana Hiso/Frank Stewart, courtesy of Jazz at Lincoln Center Today is Day Two of our 2011 NEA Jazz Masters celebrations here at Jazz at...
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 Orrin Keepnews. Photo by Martha Egan "I was presented with an opportunity to present [Thelonius] Monk to the public and, let’s face it, I’m not saying that I knew what we were doing … we were by no means hotshots at publicity or promotion. But I know what I...
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...
Washington, DC Alyce Myatt. Photo courtesy of Ms. Myatt Happy New Year! What better way to kick off 2011 than to introduce you to Alyce Myatt, our new Director of Media Arts. An award-winning producer, Myatt's distinguished career includes stints at ABC, PBS, and the MacArthur Foundation, among...
Washington, DC "Old-fashioned Holiday Sweets" by D. Sharon Pruitt via Flickr The Art Works blog will be on hiatus until January 2011. Happy Holidays!...
Washington, DC Artistic Director Molly Smith chose the Rodger's and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma to open the recently-renovated Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Molly Smith is a recent convert to American musicals, and like many converts, she's now a passionate believer...

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