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“Thank you very much for this award, thank you for all of the time spent in nightclubs, concert halls, and the like in pursuit of the essence of jazz, which is the feeling itself. As a young man many years ago, I had the opportunity to hear the Coltrane quartet, sometimes from close up and...
"This is what jazz music does: it gives you that insight into yourself because you constantly challenge yourself.... [J...
“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. What a blessing for all of us that the...
Although he will forever be associated with his compositions and vocals for the animation series Schoolhouse Rock! , Bob Dorough’s career spanned more than 70 years in jazz as a singer, pianist, composer, and arranger. His distinctive vocals, clever lyrics, and strong melodies were well-known in...
In just over a week, we're honoring the 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters --Stanley Crouch, Bob Dorough, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Maria Schneider--with a tribute concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. With performances from world-renowned musicians like Terri Lyne Carrington...
April is National Poetry Month , a literary celebration that offers an opportunity to highlight the creative legacy of American poets, encourage the reading of poems, and support teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms. One of the many ways that the National Endowment for the Arts...
Are you short on time but want to celebrate both Jazz Appreciation Month AND National Poetry Month? We can help with that! Click on the name of the poem to read the enire text. And don't forget to let us know what's your favorite jazz poem on the National Endowment for the Arts Facebook page ! "…...
"The National Endowment for the Arts stands out as an example of all that is good about what the government can do for the people of this country. It stands out as the example of government of the people, by the people, for the people, that is working for the people with a passion and commitment to...
Maine is known for many things: lobsters, stunning vistas, lots of snow, lots of moose, and as the birthplace of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Stephen King, to name just a few. Opera, however, isn’t one of them. But Portland Ovations is changing that. In 2014, with the assistance of the National...
Originally founded as a teacher's college, Adams State University (ASU) is located in Alamosa, Colorado, a rural area that is also the third-poorest county in Colorado. Despite a dearth of resources, Adams State boasts a thriving art department, including the ASU Rare A.I.R. visiting artist program...

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