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Fisk Jubilee Singers
Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) Executive Director Rich Boyd says the arts make life in Tennessee "richer and rewarding," not surprising for a state that helped birth both the blues and...
Curtis Fuller
Tune in to the Real Jazz channel on XM Satellite Radio and you won't just hear songs featuring a range of NEA Jazz Masters. You also may discover that the...
Eli Yamin
Eli Yamin is a professional advocate for jazz education. Under the auspices of Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC), Yamin trains teachers to use the NEA Jazz in the Schools toolkit...
A.B. Spellman (right) with Gunther Schuller.
Recognized as a renaissance man of music, Gunther Schuller is a leader in both the classical and jazz traditions, contributing significant musical compositions and writings to expand jazz's horizons. Schuller...
Joe Wilder
Joe Wilder has played trumpet with a virtual Who's Who of jazz -- Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Goodman, to name just a...
Tom McIntosh
Though not well known outside of jazz circles, the unique voice of composer and arranger Tom "Mac" McIntosh made him a favorite of Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Milt Jackson, and...
Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones has distinguished himself in just about every aspect of music, including as a bandleader, record producer, musical composer and arranger, trumpeter, and record label executive. He has worked...
Andrew Hill
Recognized by Blue Note Records founder Alfred Lyon as his "last, great protégé," pianist Andrew Hill spent 40 years composing, performing, recording, and mentoring young musicians. Born in Chicago in...
Candido Camero
So well known and respected, his first name, alone -- Candido -- is all that is necessary for jazz afficionados to know who he is. Credited with being the first...
David Baker leading the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
The mild temperatures outside in Toronto, Canada, in January were just an indication of how much the NEA Jazz Masters were heating up the place inside at the annual awards...

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