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The image is iconic: Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated contraltos of her day, wrapped in a fur coat, singing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday 1939 before 75,000 people. With the help of Eleanor Roosevelt, the concert had been arranged after Anderson was barred from...
At most every Independence Day parade across the U.S. you’re sure to hear the familiar sounds of “Yankee Doodle Boy.” But who exactly is George M. Cohan, the man behind the tune that's as much a harbinger of summer as barbecues and fireworks? During his lifetime, Cohan wore many hats—songwriter,...
in foreground, two men dressed in black playing violins with other musicians in the background.
The first live orchestra I ever heard was the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra—my hometown orchestra. My mother was a public school music teacher and I was her concert-going companion. Each time...
"An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times." — Nina Simone
“The 2020 NEA Jazz Masters have made an incredible impact on jazz, whether it’s through their artistic work to expand the musical boundaries of the genre, their educational contributions, or their efforts to reach new audiences for jazz. The National Endowment for the Arts is excited to celebrate...
"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks." — Yo-Yo Ma
“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...

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