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NEA and jazz

Pardon the pun but we're completely jazzed about our four new NEA Jazz Masters: Anthony Braxton (composer, saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, pianist, educator); Richard Davis (bassist, educator); Keith Jarrett (pianist, composer), and Jamey Aebersold (educator, saxophonist, pianist, bassist,...
Vijay Iyer. Photo by Hans Speekenbrink "[Art] has to do those things that nothing else can do. It has to take us to places where nothing else can take us. It has to connect us in ways that nothing else can." -- Vijay Iyer Grammy-nominated musician Vijay Iyer didn't plan to grow up to...
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...
Tomorrow night we will celebrate our 2012 class of NEA Jazz Masters and 30 years of the NEA Jazz Masters Lifetime Honors. Seems fitting to dip into the archives for this essay from critic, journalist, and producer Nat Hentoff , who received the inaugural A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for...
In 2008 we dedicated our first NEA Arts issue of the year to celebrating the new class of NEA Jazz Masters. In that issue, we also spotlighted our Jazz in the Schools (JITS) curriculum, which had just celebrated its third birthday. Bringing Jazz to a New Generation: NEA Jazz in the Schools Reaches...
Billie Holiday, last recording session, studio, NYC 1958. Photo by Milt Hinton © 1988 The Milton J. Hinton Photographic Collection In 1977, Jazz bassist Milt Hinton received a music fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; sixteen years later, the Arts Endowment again honored...
Washington, DC In this week's podcast , pianist, composer, NEA Jazz Master and 2011 Guggenheim Fellow Randy Weston talks about his life in music. And what a life he’s led! For six decades, he has embodied world music, traveling and performing in five continents, always listening for the...
Washington, DC This week’s Art Works podcast is a conversation with legendary jazz bass player and cellist NEA Jazz Master Ron Carter. Carter is an elegant man: dignified, soft-spoken, deliberate---his quiet demeanor gives no hint that the man has packed so much into his career. You have to...
New York City, New York Photos by Frank Stewart 2011 NEA Jazz Master David Liebman (left) on saxophone with Justin DiCiocco (Chairman, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Division) during the January 11, 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert. At an event like this one, we feel the whole continuity...
New York, New York 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...

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