Art Works Blog

But is it jazz?

April 22, 2010
Washington, DC

Pianist Hank Jones was named an NEA Jazz Master in 1989. Photo by Tom Pich

What makes jazz jazz? Not a question most people want to answer, but NEA Jazz Master Hank Jones takes a crack at it in the newest edition of Art Works podcasts. The NEA?s Josephine Reed also talks to him about his long career in which he seemingly has played with every jazz legend over the last half century. Visit the NEA?s media library to listen to the full podcast.

Here's a brief audio clip of Hank Jones explaining what jazz is [:35]

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[transcript]

And stay tuned for next week?s Art Works podcast: A Conversation with David Stull, Dean of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.

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