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Let's Celebrate 2011 NEA Jazz Master Orrin Keepnews!

Washington, DC

Orrin Keepnews. Photo by Martha Egan

"I was presented with an opportunity to present [Thelonius] Monk to the public and, let’s face it, I’m not saying that I knew what we were doing … we were by no means hotshots at publicity or promotion. But I know what I had was a sincere belief in the validity of this artist. And when you get down to it, that is not a terribly usual thing for a jazz musician of this quality and this rarity and this difficulty to have a cooperative and enthusiastic record company….[I]f I had been in the business a couple of years before getting involved with him, I probably would have developed a hard coating by that time already, but I was full of enthusiasm and I’d like to think that some of it resulted in some very interesting records."---NEA Jazz Master Orrin Keepnews

Visit our Orrin Keepnews NEA Jazz Masters page to hear more from (and about) this notable producer and author.

Don't miss our NEA Jazz Masters panel with Orrin Keepnews and the other 2011 honorees on Monday, January 10 at 1:00 pm ET. Check it out live or in person; go here for details.

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