NEA Jazz Masters

NEA Jazz Masters 2009

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

  • "I am humbled to be included among the great musicians in our American history. I express my gratitude to these...

  • I was rather shy; but was willing to stand there and invent variations on themes, in front of people; and...

  • "I accept this distinction with pride and emotion. Born in Belgium 86 years ago, I played at music until I...

  • "What an honor this is. Speaking with Chairman Gioia was a pleasure, especially when he told me I recorded half...

  • "I am extremely honored and greatly appreciate the prestigious award of NEA Jazz Master. This honor means more to me...