NEA Jazz Masters

Jazz Masters

  • Muhal Richard Abrams

    "I am honored to be chosen as an NEA Jazz Master. It is humbling, as well as encouraging, to have...

  • Jamey Abersold

    "To be chosen for the NEA Jazz Master award is the highest award our country gives and I am humbled...

  • "When I received the news of the award over the phone, I was stunned for a second, disbelieving my ears....

  • Mose Allison

    Mose Allison was not just a superior talent as an instrumentalist and singer, but also as a songwriter. His songs...

  • George Avakian

    "To receive a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Fellowship Award is a culminating honor that confirms my...

  • David Baker

    A true jazz renaissance man, David Baker was active in the jazz community as musician, composer, educator, conductor, and author....

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    For me, the art of jazz is most supremely expressed in affording others the opportunity and space to create and...

  • Danny Barker

    Upholder of the New Orleans tradition of jazz and blues, this master guitar and banjo player was as well known...

  • "To receive this honor is the gift of a lifetime. Jazz has been my spiritual baby sitter since my youth...

  • "I was elated and surprised. And then I kept thinking, damn, am I really this old?"

    With more than 40...

  • Though a pianist and occasional organist, William "Count" Basie's fame stems mainly from his history as one of the great...

  • Referred to by Duke Ellington as "not only the world's greatest drummer…[but also] the world's greatest musician," Louie Bellson had...

  • Tonny Bennett

    "Jazz is one of America’s greatest contributions to world culture and it has been a love of mine for my...

  • "Just to be mentioned in the same breath with the most incredible musicians of our time is an honor in...

  • Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers not only supplied consistently exciting and innovative music for nearly 40 years, but also provided the...

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