NEA Jazz Masters

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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of writer, musician, and cultural critic Stanley Crouch , recipient of the 2019 A. B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy, given each year to an individual who has made...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of jazz presenter and club owner Joe Segal , recipient of the 2015 A. B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy, given each year to an individual who has made major...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Annie Ross , recipient of a 2010 NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. As part of the vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, she was one of the early...
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(updated August 11, 2020) Washington, DC—The National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with SFJAZZ, will host a special online-only concert in honor of the 2020 NEA Jazz Masters— Dorthaan Kirk (A.B. Spellman Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy), Bobby McFerrin ,...
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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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