NEA Jazz Masters

Podcasts

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Headshot of Wendy Oxenhorn

Photo by Francesco Pini

2016 NEA Jazz Master and Executive Director of the Jazz Foundation of America

Keeping the music alive and the musicians playing.

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Archie Shepp

Photo by Monette Berthommier

2016 NEA Jazz Master, Saxophonist, and Composer

Archie Shepp shares his musical biography—and his thoughts about the legacy of African-American music.

Nonprofit Musician/Composer Collective

A half-century of musical innovation and self-determination, told by AACM co-founder (currently AACM-New York president) and 2010 NEA Jazz Master Muhal Richard Abrams, current AACM-Chicago chairman Ernest Dawkins, and AACM member and 2014 NEA Jazz Master Anthony Braxton.

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Carla Bley

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Composer, pianist and 2015 NEA Jazz Master

Writing for big bands, choirs, and small ensembles, Carla Bley remains a graceful and innovative voice for progressive jazz.

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Charles Lloyd headshot

Photo by Dorothy Darr

2015 NEA Jazz Master

The saxophonist/flutist/composer talks about expanding the tradition and language of jazz.

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A Jazz Master Double Feature!

Two legends look at their careers in jazz.

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Keith Jarrett

Photo by Rose Anne Colavito

2014 NEA Jazz Master

Pianist Keith Jarrett - letting the music happen. [34:27]

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Anthony Braxton

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2014 NEA Jazz Master

Anthony Braxton may be considered avant garde but he embraces all musical traditions [40:50]

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Richard Davis playing bass

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2014 NEA Jazz Master

Bassist Richard Davis talks about his musical life outside of jazz -- working with folks like Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Bernstein and Igor Stravinsky. [30:08]

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Richard Davis

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2014 NEA Jazz Master Richard Davis

One of the great bassists Richard Davis remembers a few of jazz musicians he's played with -- like Sun Ra, Ahmad Jamal, Sarah Vaughan, Elvin Jones, and Eric Dolphy.

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