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Text and photos by Paulette Beete

One of the highlights of the NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert is always the pre-concert group photo of all the Jazz Masters. Needless to say trying to wrangle a roomful of musicians---many of whom have known each other for years and relish any time they can get to catch up---is always quite an adventure. And then, of course, you have to wrangle all the photographers---professional and amateur---who are busily capturing this historic gathering on film. This year, 31 NEA Jazz Masters were present for the group photo. And yours truly stepped into the photographic fray to snap a few shots while the Jazz Masters were "waiting for their close-up."

Back Row (l-r): Gunther Schuller, Ron Carter, Delfeayo Marsalis, David Baker, Branford Marsalis, Dan Morgenstern, Hubert Laws, Phil Wood, Ahmad Jamal, Muhal Richard Abrams, NEA Chair Rocco Landesman; Middle Row: Ellis Marsalis, Jr., Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jimmy Cobb, Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Cedar Walton, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Barron, Jason Marsalis, David Liebman; Front Row: George Avakian, Jimmy Heath, Curtis Fuller, Frank Wess, Orrin Keepnews, Candido Camero, Joe Wilder, Gerald Wilson, Johnny Mandel, Lee Konitz, Annie Ross

You can read the bios of the NEA Jazz Masters (and also read interviews and hear Jazz Masters Moments) on our NEA Jazz Masters page.

I caught seven of the 2011 class of NEA Jazz Masters as they gathered for their own photo after the group photo. l-r, from back: Branford Marsalis (looking away), Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Orrin Keepnews, Johnny Mandel, David Liebman

Don't forget that you can view an archive of the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters panel here and of the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert here.

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