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Beate Minkovski. Photo by Jennifer Bisbing "I was a rebel before Woman Made Gallery was born, and I am a rebel because of it." --- Beate Minkovski Chicago artist Beate Minkovski never meant to start an art gallery. She and fellow artist Kelly Hensen were just looking for a storefront to...
2012 NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens performs at the January 10 concert celebration. Photo by Michael G. Stewart Last week we celebrated the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters, and as I was saying to [NEA Music Director] Wayne Brown, I thought this was our best Jazz Masters yet. We began on Monday, January 9, the...
Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964. Photo by Dick DeMarsico for World Telegram Did you know that the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) has more than three dozen portraits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in its collection, including a 1970 collage by Robert Rauschenberg and several photographs by Benedict J...
This week's podcast is the second half of our conversation with legendary drummer and 2012 NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette . DeJohnette's wide-ranging style makes him a dynamic sideman and bandleader, and he has played with virtually every major jazz figure from the 1960s to the present day...
Last night, we celebrated the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters and 30 years of the NEA Jazz Masters program! The ceremony and concert were held at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. It was an incredible evening, and we hope you caught it either in person or via live webcast. If not,...
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...
Row of Seats by flickr user trancedmoogle Just before the holidays, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) released a 171-page stocking stuffer, America’s Youth: Transitions to Adulthood . The report compiles and analyzes nationally...
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,...

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