NEA Jazz Masters

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Last night at the Kennedy Center we celebrated the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters--Todd Barkan, Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny, and Dianne Reeves--with a stellar line-up of talent including both established and emerging jazz musicians. From Cecile McLorin Salvant and Helen Sung to Christian McBridge and NEA...
Brush up on your knowledge of the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters--Todd Barkan, Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny, and Dianne Reeves--just in time for Monday night's 2018 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert. Check out our video series to listen in as this year's honorees reflect on their careers in jazz, their...
Can't wait till Monday's 2018 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert? We can help with that! For #ThrowbackThursday revisit some highlights from last year's concert, which honored 2017 Jazz Masters DeeDee Bridgewater, Ira Gitler, Dave Holland, Dick Hyman, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. And don't forget to join us...
If you have a love for jazz and want to “be a part of the musical conversation”—like 2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves—then April might just be your favorite month! In 2001 the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) in order to celebrate...
"I really believe that if things don't happen a certain way or if I don't get opportunities that I really, really, really want, it's going to be okay. Because if I keep the art pure, if I protect the art, then I will get the things that I need." -- Helen Sung Read the full interview with Helen Sung...
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Growing up in Denver, Colorado, 2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves was surrounded by music. “I grew up with many generations in my family,” she said, “and so I listened...
Helen Sung ’s life in music started with a red toy piano. As Sung recalled in a recent interview with NEA Director of Music and Opera Ann Meier Baker, “Somehow, this little red plastic piano showed up. It had about 12 keys and they were multi-colored, and I carried it around with me under my arm.”...
This year is the centenary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth—April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia—and there are musical celebrations planned across the country and around the world. And with good reason. She is a singer’s singer, a voice like crystal with a purity of range and intonation and a...
Herbie Hancock ’s music-making has never been confined by genre, and his influence on what music sounds like today is immeasurable. Especially remarkable are his unflagging efforts to nurture the growth, development, and evolution of jazz. In the years since the pianist, composer, and bandleader...
Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month by learning more about the NEA Jazz Masters on arts.gov .

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