NEA Jazz Masters

NEA Jazz Masters 2005

  • "Receiving this prestigious award from the National Endowment for the Arts is one of the high points of my career....

  • "Since I was a kid, my father, a classical tenor who loved jazz, introduced me to the music of Lionel...

  • "Thank goodness for the NEA for helping to keep jazz alive. A special thanks to Jimmy Heath and everyone." ...

  • "Thank you. I feel truly honored to be inducted into such a prestigious organization. I am thrilled to be in...

  • "Any such description of me as a Jazz Master should properly be made by others.  I am, naturally, pleased by...

  • "You can bet your bottom collar, you will never hear me holler.  However, I will make an exception and holler...

  • "I am very pleased to accept the Jazz Masters award from the National Endowment for the Arts on behalf of...