Group of four awards on table.

NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships

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 March 31, 2022, the National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with SFJAZZ, honored the 2022 NEA Jazz Masters—Stanley Clarke, Donald Harrison, Jr., Billy Hart, and Cassandra Wilson—with a free concert held at SFJAZZ Center’s Robert N. Miner Auditorium in San Francisco. The evening kicked off a year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of the NEA Jazz Masters program.

Watch the concert in its entirely.

Watch the Meet the 2022 NEA Jazz Masters virtual conversation hosted by SFJazz executive artistic director Randall Kline.

Tribute Concerts (2012-2022) | Photo Gallery

All Jazz Masters

2022 NEA Jazz Masters Fellows


Stanley Clarke

Bassist, Composer, Arranger, Producer

Donald Harrison, Jr.

Cultural Activist, Saxophonist, Composer, Educator (Award for Jazz Advocacy)

Billy Hart

Drummer, Educator

Cassandra Wilson

Vocalist, Composer, Guitarist

Nominate an NEA Jazz Master Fellow!

The Arts Endowment encourages nominations from the public of a broad range of individuals who have been significant to the field of jazz through vocal and instrumental performance, creative leadership, and education.
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Recent NEA Jazz Masters Podcasts

Stanley Clarke

Bassist, Composer, and 2022 NEA Jazz Master

Cassandra Wilson

Singer, Songwriter, Musician, and 2022 NEA Jazz Master

Celebrating the late Hank Jones

Pianist, 1989 NEA Jazz Master, 2008 National Medal of Arts recipient