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NEA Jazz Masters

Houston native James Francies learned early on that he had perfect pitch. That gift, along with untold hours of practice, has made him one of the most sought-after pianists playing today. After graduating from the presitigous Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Francies earned a...
This year is the centenary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth—April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia—and there are musical celebrations planned across the country and around the world. And with good reason. She is a singer’s singer, a voice like crystal with a purity of range and intonation and a...
If you drew a Venn diagram to illustrate the myriad overlapping connections between NEA Jazz Masters —who played with who when—there’d be at least one unexpected artist floating somewhere in the center: guitarist, Bill Frisell . He’s collaborated with so many NEA Jazz Masters it’s almost impossible...
"The genesis to actually being a jazz player came from my desire to change notes in other people's music." -- 2014 NEA Jazz Master Keith Jarrett Today's our final video tribute to the 2014 class of NEA Jazz Masters featuring master pianist Keith Jarrett ! Don't forget to join...
"I have no idea what my life would have become had I not discovered music." -- NEA Jazz Master Anthony Braxton This week we're celebrating the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters! First up is master multi-hyphenate (saxophonist-clarinetist-flautist-composer-educator-author) Anthony Braxton . Join...
"The fact is one's own voice is not heard anywhere else…. It's a challenge to be yourself. It takes a lot of courage." --Yusef Lateef, 2010 NEA Jazz Master Visit our Jazz Masters page to read the complete interview with Yusef Lateef. And don't forget to join us for the...
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,...
In this week's podcast, we meet 2005 NEA Jazz Master George Wein , who has been a legendary presence in the performance world for over 60 years. In 1954, he fundamentally invented the idea of the outdoor jazz festival when he launched the first one ever held in the United States in Newport,...
Yesterday evening, four of the country's greatest living jazz legends were feted by their fellow musicians at the Mose Allison , Lou Donaldson , Eddie Palmieri , and Lorraine Gordon were toasted with warm words and incredible music, filling the club with a sense of electricity and magic. If you...
Video of NEA Jazz Masters: Tribute to Eddie Palmieri “If one word could describe Maestro Palmieri's playing, it would be 'intensity.' It's a force of nature that aurally represents his life." ---Drummer Bobby Sanabria “Eddie Palmieri is the greatest friend and the...

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