NEA Jazz Masters

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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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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of George Avakian , record producer and label executive, artist manager, critic, educator, and 2010 recipient of the A. B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy. We join...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Muhal Richard Abrams , pianist, composer, educator, and 2010 recipient of an NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. We join the jazz community in mourning his...
Headshots of two women and two men with the Jazz Masters logo
Washington, DC—Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny, Dianne Reeves, and Todd Barkan now join the ranks of the nation’s highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters. The 2018 NEA Jazz Master recipients were announced this evening at a DC Jazz Festival concert at the John F. Kennedy Center...
Photos of 2017 NEA Jazz Masters
Washington, DC — The National Endowment for the Arts will celebrate the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters – recipients of the nation’s highest honor in jazz – during Jazz Appreciation Month in April with free events that will illuminate the artists’ lives and music. A concert in honor of...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Nat Hentoff , critic, journalist, and producer. In 2004, Hentoff was selected as the first recipient of the A. B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy. We join the jazz...

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