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Washington, DC Photo of Billie Holiday by NEA Jazz Master Milt Hinton. Billie Holiday, last recording session, studio, NYC, 1958 . Photo by Milt Hinton © 1988 The Milton J. Hinton Photographic Collection In 1977, jazz bassist Milt Hinton received a music fellowship from the National Endowment...
Abbey Lincoln with old friends (and fellow NEA Jazz Masters) Roy Haynes (l) and Wynton Marsalis (r) at the 2008 NEA Jazz Masters Reunion Lunch. Photo courtesy Katja von Schuttenbach "The gift of music is the magic of the world. It is a discipline that increases understanding. And expresses the...
Washington, DC NEA Jazz Masters Gunther Schuller, Quincy Jones, and Candido Camero during the 2008 NEA Jazz Masters panel discussion moderated by A. B. Spellman. Photo by Tom Pich Where can you get the benefit of nearly 300 years of experience in jazz in just about an hour? The NEA YouTube channel...
Washington, DC Our offices are located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC in the Old Post Office Building, also known as the Nancy Hanks Center in honor of the agency's second chair who spearheaded the fight to find us a permanent home. NEA file photo Bright and early this morning,...
Washington, DC Gerald Wilson conducts the world premiere performance of his composition "Detroit," a piece commissioned for the 2009 Detroit International Jazz Festival. Photo by Jeff Forman. NEA Jazz Master Gerald Wilson doesn't seem to know his age. For a 92-year-old, he still travels across...
Washington, DC What happens when you start a career on an instrument, become one of the leading performers on it, and then can't play it any more? If you're NEA Jazz Master David Baker, you move on to something new. When he could no longer play trombone due to an accident to his jaw, Baker took up...
Washington, DC St. Louis hometown hero (and NEA Jazz Master) Clark Terry has garnered many honors over a distinguished career, including a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Portrait by Tom Pich Thanks to Rocco, we know that St. Louis has a long live theater tradition. But the "Gateway to the...
April 22, 2010 Washington, DC Pianist Hank Jones was named an NEA Jazz Master in 1989. Photo by Tom Pich What makes jazz jazz? Not a question most people want to answer, but NEA Jazz Master Hank Jones takes a crack at it in the newest edition of Art Works podcasts. The NEA?s Josephine Reed also...
April 20, 2010 Washington, DC 2007 NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods. Photo by Tom Pich Years ago, in the ?60s, I came across this book called Now We Are Six .---NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods The connection between jazz and poetry is strong---probably why both are celebrated in the same month. Jazz musicians...
April 19, 2010 Washington, DC Katja von Schuttenbach and Wynton Marsalis at the NEA Jazz Masters luncheon, October 2009. Photo by Tom Pich Katja von Schuttenbach is the NEA's Jazz specialist, working on projects including the annual NEA Jazz Masters selection and celebration (and reminding us that...

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