NEA Jazz Masters

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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...
Dave Liebman and Paquito D' Rivera
Washington, DC — The global influence of jazz will be complemented by global access to live jazz music when the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC), presents a live webcast of the annual NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony...
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...

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