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“It's all the difference in the world whether [jazz] is live or recorded. There is a whole other level of experience that happens when you hear and see a concert live. There is an interaction between the musicians and that audience and that immediacy causes the musicians to rise to a whole other...
Musicians playing for an elderly audience
The National Endowment for the Arts has long supported programs that intertwine music and well-being, including the recent Sound Health initiative, collaborating with the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing...
We're joining with the Kennedy Center to throw the 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters a Tribute Concert and you're invited! Watch tonight, April 15 at 8:00 pm ET as we honor the 2019 class of NEA Jazz Masters—Bob Dorough, Abdullah Ibrahim, Maria Schneider, and Stanley Crouch—with a...
“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...
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 ! "…...
Of all the career guidance composer Julia Adolphe has received over the years, it was advice offered by an inmate she met while teaching music theory at Auburn Correctional Facility that has proven to be among the most impactful. "Julia, all you have to do is write the music that you love and then...

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