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NEA Jazz Masters Hank Jones, Barry Harris, and Billy Taylor at the inaugural NEA Jazz Masters Concert and Ceremony. Photo by Tom Pich

Before the winter holidays, we asked some jazz fans we know to give us their picks for favorite songs and albums. We heard from Joanne Stevens (director of Jazz Appreciation Month for the Smithsonian Institution), Irving Mayfield, Jr. (trumpeter, bandleader, and member of NEA's National Council on the Arts), Patrice Walker Powell (NEA Deputy Chairman for Grants and Awards), Raynel Frazier (trombonist and NEA music intern), and Wynton Marsalis (trumpeter, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and NEA Jazz Master.) As we get ready to celebrate the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters---and 30 years of the NEA Jazz Masters program---here's their combined playlist to set the mood. (Don't forget to tune in tonight at for the live webcast of the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert!)


Dave Brubeck* Quartet --“Take Five.”

John Coltrane -- “My Favorite Things,” "A Love Supreme"

Ella Fitzgerald*--- “Summertime,” “A Tisket, a Tasket,” "How High the Moon"

Billie Holiday -- “God Bless the Child,” "In My Solitude," "Getting Some Fun out of Life"

Benny Goodman --- “Sing, Sing, Sing

Louis Armstrong --- "West End Blues"

Miles Davis* --- "So What"

Charles Mingus --- "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat"

Duke Ellington --- "The Star-Crossed Lovers," "Tattooed Bride"

Ornette Coleman* --- "Lonely Woman"

Herbie Hancock* --- "Driftin',” "My Maiden Voyage"

Dizzy Gillespie* --- “Manteca”

Ben Webster --- "Did You Call Her Today"

Thelonious Monk --- "'Round Midnight"

Charlie Parker --- "Parker's Mood"

King Pleasure --- "Moody's Mood for Love"

Art Blakey* & The Jazz Messengers --- "Moanin'"

Freddie Hubbard* --- "Red Clay"

Count Basie Big Band --- "Lil' Darlin'"

Sarah Vaughan* --- "Stairway To The Stars"

Wayne Shorter* --- "Tom Thumb"

Terence Blanchard --- "Orizimbo and Rosicler"

Alice Coltrane ---"Blue Nile"

Christian McBride --- "Uhura's Moment Returned"

Pat Metheny --- "To the End of the World"

Jelly Roll Morton --- "Maple Leaf Rag"





Keith Jarrett –-- Koln Concert

Alice Coltrane with Pharaoh Saunder --- Journey in Satchidananda

Nat King Cole --- Love Songs

Nina Simone --- The Best of Nina Simone

Eddie Gale --- Ghetto Music

JJ Johnson*--- JJ Inc.

Jackie McLean --- Rights of Passage

Benny Golson* --- Groovin' with Golson

Steve Davis --- Live at Smalls

Sonny Rollins* --- Sonny Rollins: Volume Two

Herbie Hancock* --- V.S.O.P.: The Quintet [Live]

Click on each name to read the original posts and find out why each song or album made the list: Raynel Frazier, Wynton Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield, Jr., Patrice Walker Powell, and Joann Stevens.

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