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Celebrate #JazzAppreciation Month with the 2019 #NEAJazz Masters!

Visit the National Endowment for the Arts YouTube channel to watch the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert and browse our complete library of Jazz Master videos.

Abdullah Ibrahim

2019 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim. Photo by Marina Umari

"This is what jazz music does: it gives you that insight into yourself because you constantly challenge yourself.... [J]azz music opens you to you." — Abdullah Ibrahim

Composer Maria Schnedier against a background of music notation paper

2019 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Maria Schneider. Photo by Jimmy and Dena Katz

"In this increasingly polarized world of social tensions, the antidote to everything that’s gone haywire may be found in jazz—our nation’s own extraordinary art form that has at its heart: listening, presence, communication, collaboration, and self-expression." — Maria Schneider

a man sits at a piano playing with his eyes closed

2019 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Bob Dorough. Photo by Garth Woods

"I attempted to write songs that would entertain anyone, from ages 2 to 92." — Bob Dorough

Stanley Crouch at a podium

2019 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Stanley Crouch. Photo by Frank Stewart

"All of us are made up of the stories that we listen to, the ones that we disagree with and the ones we agree with." — Stanley Crouch

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