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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...
Wayne Brown
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...
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...
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,...
Three young men on the stage. The two on the left watch the third young man who is playing the trobone at the microphone.
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...
Photo montage showing the string quartet playing in front of a barn, with an inset of a posed group photo
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...
<p>Riley "B.B." King performs more than 250 concerts each year. Photo credit: Michael P. Smith</em>
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...
Head shot of Sue Mingus
"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...
Billie Holiday in the studio holding a drink, looking down, world-weary
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...

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