NEA Jazz Masters

NEA Jazz Masters 1987

  • Cleo Brown bears the distinction of being the first woman instrumentalist honored with the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship. Her family...

  • Although a formidable trombone player, Melba Liston was primarily known for her arrangements, especially working with Randy Weston, and compositions....

  • For better or worse, Jay McShann was tied to the legend of Charlie Parker. Parker's first real professional work was...