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Did you know that 2005 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and National Medal of Arts honoree Paquito D'Rivera was a child prodigy? He started playing professionally in Cuba when he was just 6 years old! Learn more about the Grammy Award-winning prolific composer and master artist here ...
"Silence is perfect. So you want to try and raise whatever you're doing to that level." — Roscoe Mitchell , 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Silence may be perfect, but spending an evening with the 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters is even better than that! Soulful,...
Last night we celebrated the 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters, including musicians Bobby McFerrin, Roscoe Mitchell, and Reggie Workman, and Dorthaan Kirk, who recived the A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Master Award for Jazz Advocacy. Learn more about the honorees here . Have someone in...
"Do you realize that what we do is what the Constitution is all about? In jazz, each of us has individual voices, but we must listen attentively to one another as we play—and out of this whole, comes what we call jazz." — Max Roach , National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master This quote appears in...
Being under stay-at-home directives in the Washington, DC region (and elsewhere) has led to many of us revisiting the art we have at home. Music, in particular, is a great balm in this time of great unease and anxiety, so I often turn to the thousands of recordings lying about my house. It being,...
Visit the National Endowment for the Arts YouTube channel to watch the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert and browse our complete library of Jazz Master videos. 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim. Photo by Marina Umari "This is what jazz music does: it gives you...
“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...
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...
"This is what jazz music does: it gives you that insight into yourself because you constantly challenge yourself.... [J...

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