NEA Jazz Masters

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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 .
This year, two of the most brilliant and influential jazz musicians of all time would have celebrated their centennial birthdays: Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald. Both NEA Jazz Masters—Dizzy was honored in our inaugural class of Jazz Masters and Ella was the first woman to ever receive the...
Tune into arts.gov tonight at 7:30pm ET for a live webcast of the Tribute Concert honoring the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters: Dee Dee Bridgewater , Ira Gitler, Dave Holland, Dick Hyman, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. (Click the highlighted names for our podcasts with these Jazz Masters.) If you're like us and can't...
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...
Man on stage in front of podium.
Studies have shown that more young people are living at home with their parents than at any time since 1940. But how many of them are asking their parents to...
Japanese woman shaking hands with white-haired man in suit on stage.
One of the premier bandleaders and pianists of the second half of the 20th century, 2007 NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi doesn’t look the part. In the hard-driving, male-dominated jazz...
African-American man wearing glasses at the piano.
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,...
Woman with kerchief on her head singing into microphone.
Listen to 1992 NEA Jazz Master Betty Carter effortlessly twist a melody into an alternate dimension, alchemizing it into a raw, effortlessly virtuosic, and beautifully improvisational mutation of its originally...
Here are some words of wisdom from our 2017 NEA Jazz Masters!

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