NEA Jazz Masters

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.

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Publications

Profiles the 2017 class of NEA Jazz Masters: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ira Gitler, Dave Holland, Dick Hyman, and Dr. Lonnie Smith with brief biographies and selected discographies. April 2017. 28 pp.
Profiles the 2016 class of NEA Jazz Masters: Gary Burton, Wendy Oxenhorn, Pharoah Sanders, and Archie Shepp with brief biographies and selected discographies. April 2016. 28 pp.