The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship is the highest honor that our nation bestows on jazz artists. Each year since 1982, the program has elevated to its ranks a select number of living legends who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz. For more information, read our brief history of the program.
On Saturday, April 1, 2023, the National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will celebrate the 2023 honorees with a tribute concert. This concert will also mark the culmination of the NEA’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of the NEA Jazz Masters program. More information will be available in early 2023.