2005 Awards Celebration

Los Angeles, CA

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DeeDee Bridgewater performs with the Gerald Wilson Orchestra. Photo by Vance Jacobs.

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A.B. Spellman speaking after NEA Chairman Dana Gioia (left) announced the jazz advocacy award would now be called the A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy. Photo by Vance Jacobs.

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NEA Jazz Masters Jon Hendricks (1993) and Dr. Billy Taylor (1988). Photo by Vance Jacobs.

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Jimmy Smith receives his 2005 NEA Jazz Masters Award from NEA Jazz Master Nancy Wilson (2004). Photo by Vance Jacobs.

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Paquito D'Rivera demonstrates during the Jazz Master panel discussion. Photo by Vance Jacobs.

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Slide Hampton at the panel discussion. Photo by Vance Jacobs.

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From left to right: President, Verizon Foundation Patrick R. Gaston; 2005 NEA Jazz Masters George Wein and Slide Hampton; NEA Deputy Director A.B. Spellman; 2005 NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Smith, Kenny Burrell, and Paquito D'Rivera; NEA Chairman Dana Giois; Directory of Sponsorships, Verizon, Pat Hennebry; and Director, National Programs, Verizon Foundation, Nancy Williams. Photo by Vance Jacobs.