2009 Awards Celebration - Luncheon

New York, NY

NEA Jazz Masters luncheon at the Russian Tea Room on October 17, 2008

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2008 NEA Jazz Master Tom McIntosh and 2009 NEA Jazz Master George Benson.

2008 NEA Jazz Master Tom McIntosh and 2009 NEA Jazz Master George Benson. Photo by Tom Pich.

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2008 NEA Jazz Master Tom McIntosh and 2009 NEA Jazz Master Toots Thielemans.

2008 NEA Jazz Master Tom McIntosh and 2009 NEA Jazz Master Toots Thielemans. Photo by Tom Pich.

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1999 NEA Jazz Master Dave Brubeck (left) with wife Iola Brubeck and 1988 NEA Jazz Master Billy Taylor.

1999 NEA Jazz Master Dave Brubeck (left) with wife Iola Brubeck and 1988 NEA Jazz Master Billy Taylor. Photo by Tom Pich.

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1990 NEA Jazz Master Gerald Wilson and 2009 NEA Jazz Master Snooky Young.

1990 NEA Jazz Master Gerald Wilson and 2009 NEA Jazz Master Snooky Young. Photo by Tom Pich.

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2009 NEA Jazz Masters Lee Konitz and Toots Thielemans with 2006 NEA Jazz Master Buddy DeFranco, his wife, Joyce DeFranco, and 1994 NEA Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal.

2009 NEA Jazz Masters Lee Konitz and Toots Thielemans with 2006 NEA Jazz Master Buddy DeFranco, his wife, Joyce DeFranco, and 1994 NEA Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Robbin Ahrold, BMI vice president for corporate communications and marketing; Thomas Cain, senior director with BMI; Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center; and NEA Chairman Dana Gioia.

Robbin Ahrold, BMI vice president for corporate communications and marketing; Thomas Cain, senior director with BMI; Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center; and NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. Photo by Tom Pich.

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Annette "Brandy" Barretto and Chris Barretto, wife and son of 2006 NEA Jazz Master Ray Barretto, with Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center (center).

Annette "Brandy" Barretto and Chris Barretto, wife and son of 2006 NEA Jazz Master Ray Barretto, with Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center (center). Photo by Tom Pich.

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1994 NEA Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal and 1990 NEA Jazz Master Gerald Wilson.

1994 NEA Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal and 1990 NEA Jazz Master Gerald Wilson. Photo by Tom Pich.

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2005 NEA Jazz Master George Wein and 1990 NEA Jazz Master Cecil Taylor.

2005 NEA Jazz Master George Wein and 1990 NEA Jazz Master Cecil Taylor. Photo by Tom Pich.

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2003 NEA Jazz Master Abbey Lincoln, NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, 1988 NEA Jazz Master Billy Taylor, and 1999 NEA Jazz Master Dave Brubeck.

2003 NEA Jazz Master Abbey Lincoln, NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, 1988 NEA Jazz Master Billy Taylor, and 1999 NEA Jazz Master Dave Brubeck. Photo by Tom Pich.