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This week's podcast is the first of a two-part interview with legendary drummer and 2012 NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette . The Chicago-born, New York-based musician has played with virtually every major jazz figure from the 1960s on, including NEA Jazz Masters Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman,...
"I can't imagine a world without jazz, and the fact that it's a living, functioning, exciting organism." --- David Baker , 2000 NEA Jazz Master "In the studio, that's a log of your presence. It's an auditory carbon copy of what you hear that someone else shares with...
Photo by Sivi Steys via Flickr Anais Nin famously declared, "I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning, and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me." Lucky for us, the Washington, DC-area writers we asked to share their New...
Photo courtesy of flickr user Trishhhh Happy holidays from the NEA! Our social media will be on hiatus through the New Year, but we'll be back up and running on January 3, 2012. We hope your holidays are filled with merriness, brightness, and endless beauty...
With this week's podcast, you have the opportunity to meet 26-year-old Aaron Diehl , winner of the 2011 Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, the prestigious competition of the American Pianists Association. Diehl is an elegant jazz pianist who also knows how to let loose; his playing has been called...
Don and Mera Rubell. Photo courtesy of the Contemporary Arts Foundation When Don and Mera Rubell started collecting art in 1964, their monthly collecting budget was $25. Forty-seven years later, the Rubells have amassed an internationally renowned collection of approximately 5,000 works, including...
Hank Greenberg, the subject of Aviva Kempner's documentary The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg . Photo cropped from a posed picture of 1937 Major League Baseball All-Stars in Washington, DC. Image used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons . Every year, the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF)...
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...
Here's an "action shot" of our press conference in Fargo on the city's Our Town grant. Photo by M. Sauvageau My latest Art Works tour took me to Minnesota and North Dakota. I started at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. To some degree my whole NEA agenda started at...
This week's podcast gives us an intimate view of the life of one of America’s top ballet companies. Our guide is Stephen Manes, who just published Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet , which documents a full season of Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB...

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