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NEA Jazz Masters
March 21, 2008
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has supported the jazz field for almost 40 years. The first grant for jazz was awarded in 1969 -- a $5,500 composition grant...
NEA Gets Jazzed Up in NYC
January 13, 2006
In the late morning of January 13, 2006, a crowd of onlookers formed, necks craned, for a peek at a group gathered for a photo shoot in the lobby of...
Millennium Brings New Musical Sounds Across America
January 1, 2000
David City, Nebraska (pop. 2,500) is usually a rather quiet place. All that changed when it was chosen to become part of the Arts Endowment's Continental Harmony National Millennium Project,...
Jazzing Up the NBA: Jazz Sports at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
January 1, 1995
In 1995, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz received a grant of $20,000 "to support costs related to the jazz and National Basketball Association project," a new program at the...
Chamber Music Rural Residencies: Inspiring Communities With Live Music
January 1, 1992
String quartets were a rarity in the small town of Jesup, Iowa. In fact, many people had grown up in Jesup without ever hearing the sound of a cello or...
The Thrill's Still Here - Riley "B.B." King Receives an NEA National Heritage Fellowship
January 1, 1991
Although Riley "B.B." King wanted to be a preacher or a gospel singer, he grew up to be a legendary bluesman whose distinctive economical phrasing, precise bent notes, and unique...
Mingus Lives: Sue Mingus Receives an NEA Grant to Preserve Charles Mingus's Legacy
January 1, 1988
"How did I become involved in Mingus projects? Simply, I was here at home and had access to the material. Charles and I did not discuss my carrying on his...
Milt Hinton: NEA Jazz Master and Master Photographer of Jazz
May 1, 1977
In 1977, Jazz bassist Milt Hinton received a music fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; sixteen years later, the Arts Endowment again honored Hinton, this time as an...