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We're celebrating National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month with a look at works of poetry influenced by jazz.
Since April is not only Jazz Appreciation Month but National Poetry Month, we decided to merge the two. Below are five jazz songs and albums inspired by poetry, two of which tap the genius of Big Read poets. Gentian by Tomoko Ozawa Although pianist and composer Tomoko Ozawa isn’t the first musician...
Our newest NEA YouTube playlist celebrates Phenomenal Women in Jazz.
NEA Chair Jane Chu on the importance of the arts in education.
Artists reflect on the meaning of "inspiration."
Eight artists and one critic reflect on what failure means to them.
NEA Media Specialist Adam Kampe pens a valentine to musician Sufjan Stevens.
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The St. Lawrence String Quartet celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2014 as one of the premier ensembles playing classical and contemporary compositions. They have released award-winning recordings of works by...
We're in the mood for love and jazz so here's a playlist of more than two dozen NEA Jazz Masters singing and playing songs of love (and maybe just a little heartbreak) to set the scene for Valentine's Day or any other day you're in the mood for love. You can preview some of the...
Award-winning composer Jonathan Bailey Holland talks to us about his process for composing music, the relation of narrative and failure to work, and makes a case for listening to more Barber.

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