NEA Jazz Masters

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Washington, DC -- Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters, all unique in their approaches to jazz. Whether it's Richard Davis and Keith Jarrett bringing their jazz background into other musical genres such as classical music and rock...
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2000 NEA Jazz Master Donald Byrd. Along with being an accomplished trumpeter and flugelhornist, Byrd was also a pioneer jazz educator. A Detroit native, Byrd joined Art Blakey's...
2013 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert,
New York, NY —On the evening of January 14, 2013, the country’s top jazz musicians took to the stage and the screen for a one-night-only concert in celebration of the 2013 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master recipients, our nation’s highest honor...
As a music form born and bred in the United States, jazz has committed fans throughout the world. On January 14, 2013 at 7:30 p.m., EST, the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, will hold its annual NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony &...
“On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of National Medal of Arts recipient and NEA Jazz Master Dave Brubeck. One of our nation's greatest and most popular jazz pianists, Brubeck's experiment with...
"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of 2012 NEA Jazz Master Von Freeman. An extraordinary saxophonist with a sound all his own, Von Freeman's contributions to jazz -- and specifically Chicago's...
Washington, DC – Dizzy Gillespie. Count Basie. Ella Fitzgerald. Herbie Hancock. Names of the greatest purveyors of America's homegrown art form, jazz -- and all NEA Jazz Masters. Today, the National Endowment for the Arts adds four new names to the list with the...
"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...

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