NEA Jazz Masters

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"I know what improvisation gives you. It gives you freedom of expression. And most people, even if you're a classical musician and play in an orchestra and so forth, and say that you don't want to improvise, I know deep down inside of you, you would like to improvise. It's like...
Pardon the pun but we're completely jazzed about our four new NEA Jazz Masters: Anthony Braxton (composer, saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, pianist, educator); Richard Davis (bassist, educator); Keith Jarrett (pianist, composer), and Jamey Aebersold (educator, saxophonist, pianist, bassist,...
In this week's podcast, we meet 2005 NEA Jazz Master George Wein , who has been a legendary presence in the performance world for over 60 years. In 1954, he fundamentally invented the idea of the outdoor jazz festival when he launched the first one ever held in the United States in Newport,...
Yesterday evening, four of the country's greatest living jazz legends were feted by their fellow musicians at the Mose Allison , Lou Donaldson , Eddie Palmieri , and Lorraine Gordon were toasted with warm words and incredible music, filling the club with a sense of electricity and magic. If you...
Video of NEA Jazz Masters: Tribute to Eddie Palmieri “If one word could describe Maestro Palmieri's playing, it would be 'intensity.' It's a force of nature that aurally represents his life." ---Drummer Bobby Sanabria “Eddie Palmieri is the greatest friend and the...
Video of NEA Jazz Masters: Tribute to Mose Allison "Mose Allison to me is the pinnacle of the jazz singer/songwriter. His razor sharp wit cuts through in his lyrics and he backs them up with equally witty and clever harmonies and melodies. Mose is a national treasure." ---Guitarist/...
In this week's podcast, we meet pianist, composer, bandleader, and great raconteur, 2013 NEA Jazz Master, Eddie Palmieri . Palmieri, one of the finest Latin jazz pianists of the past 50 years, is a bandleader of both salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. He grew up during the golden age of Latin...
"Lorraine Gordon's jazz promotions and productions remain vital to the jazz scene. This has been true for over 70 years! From the Newark Hot Jazz Club to Blue Note Records---it was Lorraine's press releases of 65 years ago that helped launch Thelonious Monk's fame---and on to the Village Vanguard...
http://youtu.be/ASytJt7-IF4 "Lou Donaldson reminds us that no matter how much technique you have, you cannot really play this music unless you play it with a large amount of soul. And for that, I thank you, Lou." ---Saxophonist Sherman Irby "Very few artists of any genre have been...
Text by Rebecca Gross / Audio production by Adam Kampe Every year, our audio producers spend hours interviewing the latest class of NEA Jazz Masters—this year they are Lou Donaldson , Lorraine Gordon , Eddie Palmieri , and Mose Allison . From those interviews, we collect interesting moments...

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