NEA Jazz Masters

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portrait of Rudy Van Gelder
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, recipient of the 2009 A. B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy, which is bestowed on an individual who has contributed significantly...
Toots Thielemans performs on the harmonica
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of harmonica player, guitarist, and whistler Jean-Baptiste "Toots" Thielemans, recipient of a 2009 NEA Jazz Master fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. Thielemans has been...
A man performs on the vibraphone next to another man performing on the piano.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Bobby Hutcherson , recipient of a 2010 NEA Jazz Masters award, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. Bobby Hutcherson's sound and innovative style on the vibraphone helped revitalize the...
Photos of 2017 NEA Jazz Masters
Washington, DC — This evening at the DC Jazz Festival’s concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Fellows, recipients of the nation’s highest honor in jazz. These five...
MEDIA ADVISORY WHAT: Recognizing the importance of mentorship to the future of jazz, 2016 NEA Jazz Masters Gary Burton , Pharoah Sanders , and Archie Shepp , as well as vibraphonist Stefon Harris will coach Duke Ellington School of the Arts jazz students. The master artists will...
Collage of the 2016 NEA National Heritage winners
MEDIA ADVISORY WHAT: National Endowment for the Arts honors the 2016 NEA Jazz Masters at a tribute concert held in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, hosted by Jason Moran . The 2016 NEA Jazz Masters are: Gary Burton — Vibraphonist, Bandleader...
Four men stand together in a hotel ballroom
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of David Baker, recipient of a 2000 NEA Jazz Masters award, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. A true jazz renaissance man, David Baker was active in the jazz community as musician,...
Collage of the 2016 NEA National Heritage winners
Washington, DC — The National Endowment for the Arts will honor the 2016 NEA Jazz Masters at a tribute concert, held in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, on Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington, DC. Taking...
Headshots of four NEA Jazz Masters with NEA Jazz Masters logo
Washington, DC—The National Endowment for the Arts will honor four jazz leaders – three musicians and an advocate – with the 2016 NEA Jazz Masters award for their significant accomplishments in the field. This year’s honorees range from fiery saxophonists who cut their teeth...
Phil Woods and Grace Kelly perform.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of alto saxophonist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator Phil Woods, recipient of a 2007 NEA Jazz Masters award, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. We join the jazz community in...

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