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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 James Moody. Photo by Tom Pich James Moody was a highly accomplished musician on the tenor and alto saxophones, flute, and later vocals. A champion of Dizzy Gillespie's music and an entertainer par excellence, he captivated audiences with his personal charm and wit. He led his...
Providence, Rhode Island Called a ?revolutionary organization in which the distinction between performing and teaching disappears? by the New Yorker , Community MusicWorks provides instrument instruction, leadership development, and other community-based programs to the distressed Providence, Rhode...
Washington, DC Billie Holiday, last recording session, studio, NYC, 1958 . Photo by Milt Hinton © 1988 The Milton J. Hinton Photographic Collection In 1977, jazz bassist Milt Hinton received a music fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; sixteen years later, the Arts Endowment...
Washington, DC The NEA Opera Honors recognized its third class of honorees on Friday October 22 in Washington, DC. Soprano Martina Arroyo, general director David DiChiera, composer Philip Glass, and music director Eve Queler were acknowledged for their exceptional contributions to opera in America...

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