NEA Jazz Masters

NEA Jazz Masters - H

  • "This award means that I have been recognized by my peers as having contributed, in a meaningful way, to this...

  • Jazz guitarist Jim Hall's technique has been called subtle, his sound mellow, and his compositions understated; yet his recording and...

  • "This award will enable me to continue to help young musicians to become professional musicians. I sincerely believe that music...

  • Featuring outstanding sidemen and soloists, as well as his own swinging vibe playing, Lionel Hampton's bands during the 1940s and...

  • "Thank goodness for the NEA for helping to keep jazz alive. A special thanks to Jimmy Heath and everyone." ...

  • Herbie Hancock's talent as a pianist was evident when, at age 11, he performed Mozart's D Major Piano Concerto with...

  • Barry Harris

    Barry Harris is part of an exceptional crew of Detroit-bred jazz musicians, including Tommy Flanagan and Donald Byrd,...

  • Seemingly ageless, Roy Haynes has played the drums from the bebop days of the 1940s to the present day with...

  • "Having had the good fortune to be born and raised in a musical family, I was destined to become a...

  • "I am humbled to be included among the great musicians in our American history. I express my gratitude to these...

  • One of the more distinctive tenor saxophone voices to have emerged during the 1960s, Joe Henderson's rich tone and strong...

  • When he was four, Luther Henderson moved to Harlem with his family and became neighbors with Duke Ellington. Ellington would...

  • Jon Hendricks helped create the singing style known as "vocalese," or crafting songs and lyrics out of the note sequences...

  • "Since I was eleven years old, I have been nurtured by the life force of jazz musicians.  Deeply honored as...

  • Known among musicians and fans as "Smiling Billy," Billy Higgins was first introduced to the broader jazz public when he...

  • Recognized by Blue Note Records' founder Alfred Lion as his "last, great protégé," pianist Andrew Hill spent 40 years composing,...

  • Milt Hinton's career spanned the gamut of jazz generations, working from the early swing days of the 1930s with Cab...

  • "Jazz is America's unique contribution to the art of the world, and I am proud to have my contributions recognized...

  • "Thank you. I feel truly honored to be inducted into such a prestigious organization. I am thrilled to be in...

  • "I feel very blessed and honored to have received this award. I feel as though I owe all the great...

  • "I'm honored to be chosen by the NEA to receive the Jazz Master Fellowship Award and join the illustrious alumni...