NEA Jazz Masters

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Headshot of Jim Hall
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2004 NEA Jazz Master Jim Hall, whose prowess playing jazz guitar puts him in the company of Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, and Django Reinhardt. Jim Hall's technique has been...
Chico Hamilton playing the drums.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2004 NEA Jazz Master Foreststorn “Chico” Hamilton, who was not only a subtle, creative drummer, but also a skillful bandleader who continually discovered talented newcomers...
Frank Wess
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2007 NEA Jazz Master Frank Wess. Wess is revered for his smoothly swinging tenor saxophone player in the Lester Young tradition, as an expert alto saxophonist, and as one of the most...
Washington, DC -- NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath has said, "Every time you make an appearance, you make an impression." As part of the 2013-2014 NEA Jazz Masters Live grants, the NEA will support opportunities for audiences around the country to interact with NEA Jazz...
Woman wearing headphones playing piano with African-American man behind her playing piano.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2000 NEA Jazz Master Marian McPartland. As host of the renowned public radio show Piano Jazz , McPartland played a key role in helping to popularize jazz through her intricate knowledge...
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2010 NEA Jazz Master Cedar Walton. Walton was one of the great hard bop pianists as well as a composer of jazz standards "Bolivia," "Clockwise," and "Firm Roots...
Washington, DC -- Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters, all unique in their approaches to jazz. Whether it's Richard Davis and Keith Jarrett bringing their jazz background into other musical genres such as classical music and rock...
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2000 NEA Jazz Master Donald Byrd. Along with being an accomplished trumpeter and flugelhornist, Byrd was also a pioneer jazz educator. A Detroit native, Byrd joined Art Blakey's...
2013 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert,
New York, NY —On the evening of January 14, 2013, the country’s top jazz musicians took to the stage and the screen for a one-night-only concert in celebration of the 2013 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master recipients, our nation’s highest honor...
As a music form born and bred in the United States, jazz has committed fans throughout the world. On January 14, 2013 at 7:30 p.m., EST, the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, will hold its annual NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony &...

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