NEA Jazz Masters

NEA Jazz Masters 2016

  • Headshot of Gary Burton

    "In my early years, I was fortunate to have known and even play with some of jazz’s pioneers. Now I...

  • Headshot of Wendy Axelhorn

    "This award means so much to me because jazz is deep, a music born out of the deepest struggle of...

  • Pharoah Sanders headshot

    "I may be a man of few words to some, but the music I’ve produced 'says it all.' I am...

  • Headshot of Archie Shepp

    "I accept this award with profound humility; that my 'petite chanson' could make a slight breadth of a sound on...