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Last night at the Kennedy Center we celebrated the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters--Todd Barkan, Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny, and Dianne Reeves--with a stellar line-up of talent including both established and emerging jazz musicians. From Cecile McLorin Salvant and Helen Sung to Christian McBridge and NEA...
Brush up on your knowledge of the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters--Todd Barkan, Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny, and Dianne Reeves--just in time for Monday night's 2018 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert. Check out our video series to listen in as this year's honorees reflect on their careers in jazz, their...
Can't wait till Monday's 2018 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert? We can help with that! For #ThrowbackThursday revisit some highlights from last year's concert, which honored 2017 Jazz Masters DeeDee Bridgewater, Ira Gitler, Dave Holland, Dick Hyman, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. And don't forget to join us...
If you have a love for jazz and want to “be a part of the musical conversation”—like 2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves—then April might just be your favorite month! In 2001 the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) in order to celebrate...
"The arts push us to new frontiers of innovation. They open our eyes to new ways of seeing, thinking, and doing. And they are a means for creating the world we all want to live in, where everyone has access to new opportuities and the chane for their dreams to be realized." -- Jane Chu Looking for...
Happy National Poetry Month! We thought this would be a great time to introduce the two newest poets added to our NEA Big Read library: Adrian Matejka and Alberto Ríos . Both poets are poet laureate of their state (Matejka in Indiana and Ríos in Arizona). They’re fierce believers in poetry’s place...
During a January 2017 research workshop held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), participants rapidly became aware that at least two different expert groups had converged on a shared agenda. Working together, music therapists and neuroscientists sought to identify research needs and...
"I really believe that if things don't happen a certain way or if I don't get opportunities that I really, really, really want, it's going to be okay. Because if I keep the art pure, if I protect the art, then I will get the things that I need." -- Helen Sung Read the full interview with Helen Sung...
In the early 1970s, Brenda Laurel was studying theater at Ohio State University. One night a friend invited her to take a look at some computer imaging he was working on, and that, as they say, changed everything. As she recalled, “I kind of fell to my knees and said, ‘Oh, my God, whatever this is...
Acclaimed children’s novelist Erin Entrada Kelly will tell you honestly that she prefers children over adults because, in her eyes, she’s still kind of like a kid. Kelly discovered her connection to young people and her knack for writing children’s literature when she wrote a collection of short...

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