NEA Jazz Masters

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Photos of the 2020 Jazz Masters with text saying "National Endowment for the Arts 2020 Jazz Masters"
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...
four headshots of NEA Jazz Masters
Washington, DC —The National Endowment for the Arts will honor the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters—recipients of the nation’s highest honor in jazz—at a series of free events this April, held in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. These...
black and white photo of Ira Gitler
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Ira Gitler , author, editor, producer, educator, and 2017 NEA Jazz Master, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. We join the jazz community in mourning his death while celebrating his...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Nancy Wilson , vocalist, broadcaster, and 2004 NEA Jazz Master, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. We join the jazz community in mourning her death while celebrating her life and many...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Randy Weston , pianist, composer, and 2001 NEA Jazz Master, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. We join the jazz community in mourning his death while celebrating his life and many...
four headshots of NEA Jazz Masters
Washington, DC—Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts bestows the nation’s highest honor in jazz—the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships—on individuals who have made significant contributions to the art form. Today, the NEA is announcing the four newest recipients of this...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Lorraine Gordon , owner of legendary New York City jazz club the Village Vanguard and 2013 recipient of the A. B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy. We join the...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Cecil Taylor, pianist, composer, and 1990 recipient of an NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. We join the jazz community in mourning his death while...
Collage of photos of the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters: Dianne Reeves, Todd Barkan, Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny
Washington, DC—Each year the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) honors individuals whose talent and dedication have made an impact on jazz in this country. In celebration of the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters— Todd Barkan , Joanne Brackeen , Pat Metheny , and Dianne Reeves —the NEA,...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Jon Hendricks , vocalist, lyricist, educator, and 1993 recipient of an NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. We join the jazz community in mourning his death...

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