NEA Jazz Masters

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Gunther Schuller
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of author, composer, arranger, conductor, educator, and French horn player Gunther Schuller, recipient of the 2008 A. B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy, which is...
Ornette Coleman
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of saxophonist, trumpeter, violinist, and composer Ornette Coleman, recipient of a 1984 NEA Jazz Masters fellowship, the nation's highest honor in jazz. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Ornette...
Headshots of 2015 NEA Jazz Masters and headshot of Christian McBride
Washington, DC —On Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7:30pm, the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, will present the 2015 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert in Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of producer and author Orrin Keepnews, recipient of the 2011 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy, which is bestowed upon an individual who has contributed significantly...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of trumpeter, flugelhornist, vocalist, and educator Clark Terry, recipient of a 1991 NEA Jazz Masters fellowship, the nation's highest honor in jazz. The consummate musician, Terry was...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of clarinetist and educator Buddy DeFranco, recipient of a 2006 NEA Jazz Masters fellowship, the nation's highest honor in jazz. A brilliant improviser and prodigious technician, DeFranco...
Gerald Wilson conducts the orchestra
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of trumpeter, composer, arranger, bandleader, and educator Gerald Wilson, recipient of a 1990 NEA Jazz Masters fellowship, the nation's highest honor in jazz. Gerald Wilson's use of...
Charlie Haden
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of bassist, composer, and educator Charlie Haden, recipient of a 2012 NEA Jazz Masters fellowship, the nation's highest honor in jazz. Charlie Haden created a powerful collection of work...
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Washington, DC —NEA Chairman Jane Chu announced today the latest recipients of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships and NEA Jazz Masters awards, the nation's highest honors in the folk and traditional arts and jazz fields. These artists, musicians, culture bearers, and...
Horace Silver
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of pianist and composer Horace Silver, recipient of a 1995 NEA Jazz Masters fellowship, the nation's highest honor in jazz. Horace Silver was the heart of the hard bop era, helping to...

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