NEA Arts Magazine


NEA Jazz Masters on Tour

Photo of Benny Golson  

Photo of James Moody

Benny Golson, left, and James Moody, right, are two of the NEA Jazz Masters participating in the NEA Jazz Masters on Tour initiative. Photos: Tom Pich

Another component of the NEA Jazz Masters initiative is NEA Jazz Masters on Tour, a series of presentations featuring NEA Jazz Masters in performances, educational activities, and/or speaking engagements for audiences in all 50 states. The full tour program began June 1, 2005 and ends December 2006.

The National Endowment for the Arts launched NEA Jazz Masters on Tour in April 2004 with a smaller scale program that helped bring artists such as Ornette Coleman, Jimmy Heath, and Randy Weston to audiences throughout the country. Now the program is in full operation, with 34 artists and more than 60 host presenters participating in this phase of the program (a full list of artists, presenters, and events can be found at

NEA Jazz Masters on Tour is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts sponsored by Verizon in partnership with Arts Midwest. Additional support is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through a grant to Chamber Music America.

For information about NEA Jazz Masters on Tour, or to inquire about future collaborative opportunities, please contact Christy Dickinson at Arts Midwest, (612)341-0755 ext. 19 or

Upcoming NEA Jazz Masters on Tour events:

April 02, 2006
Dave Brubeck
American Jazz Museum
Kansas City, MO

April 12, 2006
Benny Golson
Gold Coast Jazz Society
Fort Lauderdale, FL

May 10, 2006
Marian McPartland Trio
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Burlington, VT

May 14, 2006
Paquito D’Rivera
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Newark, NJ

June 01, 2006
James Moody w/Todd Coolman,
Adam Nussbaum, Renee Rosnes
Virginia Arts Festival
Norfolk, VA

Legends of Jazz To Air in April 2006

The first nationally syndicated weekly network television show on jazz to air since Jazz Scene U.S.A. in 1962, Legends of Jazz will make its 13 episodes available in April to the approximately 300 PBS stations across the country. The pilot episode of the series on the 2005 NEA Jazz Masters was aired last June, and was picked up by more than 90 percent of PBS stations.

Hosted by jazz great Ramsey Lewis, the series focuses on a specific theme for each episode, such as "The Golden Horns" with Roy Hargrove, Chris Botti, and NEA Jazz Master Clark Terry; "The Great Guitars" with Pat Metheny and NEA Jazz Master Jim Hall; "The Tenors" with Chris Potter, Marcus Strickland, and NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson; and "The Piano Masters" with NEA Jazz Masters Dave Brubeck and Dr. Billy Taylor. The final episode of the season will be dedicated to 2006 NEA Jazz Masters Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, and Ray Barretto.

Each PBS station will decide the time and date it will air the show, so check local listings to see when the show will air in your area.