NEA Jazz Masters

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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...
Jimmy Scott
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Jimmy Scott, recipient of a 2007 NEA Jazz Masters fellowship, the nation's highest honor in jazz. Jimmy Scott was considered one of the jazz communities best singers, even named by...
Candido Camero, Joe Wilder, and Paquito D'Rivera perform together
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Joe Wilder, recipient of a 2008 NEA Jazz Masters fellowship, the nation's highest honor in jazz. A respected and sought after trumpet player, Joe Wilder played with a virtual Who...
NEA Jazz Master Yusef Lateef
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2010 NEA Jazz Master Yusef Lateef, a virtuoso on the traditional jazz instruments of saxophone and flute. Lateef also brought a broad spectrum of sounds to his music through his mastery...

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