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"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Irish-American flautist and 1991 NEA National Heritage Fellow Jack Coen. A gifted musician dedicated to bringing the music of Ireland to audiences in the United...
"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of 2007 NEA National Heritage Fellow Joe Thompson. Joe played fiddle music in his home community in the Piedmont region of North Carolina for more than 80 years. Most...
On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of 1999 NEA National Heritage Fellow Frisner Augustin. Augustin was a master drummer in the Haitian traditional religion of Voudo. Augustin believed that Ogou, the master...
"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of 2006 NEA Jazz Master John Levy, a recipient of the A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Master Award for Jazz Advocacy. Levy was renowned as a leading representative of jazz...
New York, NY —At the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert on January 10, 2012, the National Endowment for the Arts not only welcomed five new inductees into this elite group, but also celebrated 30 years of jazz and its importance in American culture. Held...
New York, NY -- At last night's celebration of the 30th anniversary of the NEA Jazz Masters program , Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, announced that 12 not-for-profit organizations will receive grants totaling $135,000 to bring outstanding...
New York, NY —At the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert on January 10, 2012, the National Endowment for the Arts not only welcomed five new inductees into this elite group, but also celebrated 30 years of celebrating jazz and the innovative artists who...
“On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of 2006 NEA Jazz Master Bob Brookmeyer. An innovative composer and arranger for both large and small ensembles as well as a gifted musician on the valve trombone and...
Washington, DC -- Tickets for the National Endowment for the Arts 2012 Jazz Masters Award ceremony and concert will be available to the public on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. The award ceremony and concert that each year recognizes the newest members of this elite group of jazz...
"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Appalachian banjo picker, singer and 1987 NEA National Heritage Fellow Wade Mainer," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “Mainer embodied the qualities of...

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