NEA Jazz Masters

NEA Jazz Masters 2017

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater

    “I never dreamed I would one day be named an NEA Jazz Master, as so few women hold this distinction....

  • Ira Gitler

    “Ira is very honored to receive this award; advocacy is a fitting description of his life in jazz. He has...

  • Dave Holland

    “Being a musician has opened up new worlds for me and given me experiences that I couldn’t have imagined. In...

  • Dick Hyman

    “I can hardly express how honored I am to be added to this list of great people. Starting out back...

  • Dr. Lonnie Smith

    “Being honored to join my family of musicians is a blessing beyond words. It means that my music speaks to...