Group of four awards on table.

NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships

The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship is the highest honor that our nation bestows on jazz artists. Each year since 1982, the program has elevated to its ranks a select number of living legends who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz.

The National Endowment for the Arts will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships with the 2022 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert, taking place on Thursday, March 31, 2022, in collaboration with SFJAZZ. More information will be available in early 2022.

Tribute Concerts (2012-2021) | Photo Gallery

All Jazz Masters

2022 NEA Jazz Masters Fellows


Stanley Clarke

Bassist, Composer, Arranger, Producer

Donald Harrison, Jr.

Cultural Activist, Saxophonist, Composer, Educator (Award for Jazz Advocacy)

Billy Hart

Drummer, Educator

Cassandra Wilson

Vocalist, Composer, Guitarist

Nominate an NEA Jazz Master Fellow!

The Arts Endowment encourages nominations from the public of a broad range of men and women who have been significant to the field of jazz through vocal and instrumental performance, creative leadership, and education.
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Recent NEA Jazz Masters Podcasts

Terri Lyne Carrington

Drummer, producer, educator and 2021 NEA Jazz Master

Albert “Tootie” Heath

Percussionist and 2021 NEA Jazz Master

Phil Schaap

Educator, Radio Host, Producer, and 2021 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellow for Jazz Advocacy