NEA Jazz Masters

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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Johnny Mandel , recipient of a 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. Mandel was one of the nation's top composer/arrangers in jazz, pop, and film music...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of percussionist Jimmy Cobb , recipient of a 2009 NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. An accomplished accompanist and soloist, Jimmy Cobb was best known for...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of jazz saxophonist Lee Konitz , recipient of a 2009 NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. Konitz was one of the most distinctive alto saxophonists in jazz since...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of jazz musician and educator Ellis Marsalis, Jr., who in 2011 was honored as an NEA Jazz Master, along with his sons Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason. The Marsalis Family was the...
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Due to concerns about COVID-19, the National Endowment for the Arts and SFJAZZ will postpone the celebration of the 2020 NEA Jazz Masters that was scheduled to take place in San Francisco, California, April 1–3, 2020. The rescheduled dates will be announced in the future. “The...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of pianist and composer McCoy Tyner , recipient of a 2002 NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. We join the jazz community in mourning his death while...
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Washington, DC —Join the National Endowment for the Arts in celebrating the 2020 NEA Jazz Masters— Dorthaan Kirk , Bobby McFerrin , Roscoe Mitchell , and Reggie Workman —at free, open to the public events April 1–3, 2020, at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, held in...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Jimmy Heath , saxophonist, flutist, composer, arranger, educator, and 2003 NEA Jazz Master, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. We join the jazz community in mourning his death while...
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Washington, DC —The United States Senate voted today to confirm Mary Anne Carter as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Carter had served as acting chairman of the agency since June 5, 2018 and becomes the Arts Endowment’s 12th chairman since its inception in 1965...
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Washington, DC —Today the National Endowment for the Arts announced the four newest recipients of the nation’s highest honor in jazz. Innovative jazz musicians Bobby McFerrin, Roscoe Mitchell, and Reggie Workman, as well as Dorthaan Kirk—who is receiving the A.B. Spellman NEA...

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