NEA Jazz Masters

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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...
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...
A man in a tuxedo speaks from a podium while another man in a brightly colored tie looks on smiling
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...
A man in a white hat, with glasses and a mustache smiles, wearing a small trumpet charm on a necklace.
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...
A man in a suit and tie smiles while holding a clarinet.
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...

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