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Art Talk with jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer

July 18, 2012 by Paulette Beete Vijay Iyer. Photo by Hans Speekenbrink “[Art] has to do those things that nothing else can do. It has to take us to places where nothing else can take us. It has to connect us in ways that nothing else can.” — Vijay Iyer Grammy-nominated musician Vijay Iyer didn’t […]

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Press “Play” for Jazz

January 10, 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Hank Jones, Barry Harris, and Billy Taylor at the inaugural NEA Jazz Masters Concert and Ceremony. Photo by Tom Pich Before the winter holidays, we asked some jazz fans we know to give us their picks for favorite songs and albums. We heard from Joanne Stevens (director of Jazz […]

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From the Archives: NEA Jazz Master Nat Hentoff on Jazz in the U.S.

January 9, 2012 Tomorrow night we will celebrate our 2012 class of NEA Jazz Masters and 30 years of the NEA Jazz Masters Lifetime Honors. Seems fitting to dip into the archives for this essay from critic, journalist, and producer Nat Hentoff, who received the inaugural A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy […]

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From the Archives: Jazz in the Schools in NEA Arts

January 6, 2012 In 2008 we dedicated our first NEA Arts issue of the year to celebrating the new class of NEA Jazz Masters. In that issue, we also spotlighted our Jazz in the Schools (JITS) curriculum, which had just celebrated its third birthday. Bringing Jazz to a New Generation: NEA Jazz in the Schools […]

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From the Archives: NEA Jazz Master Milt Hinton

December 19, 2011   Billie Holiday, last recording session, studio, NYC 1958. Photo by Milt Hinton © 1988 The Milton J. Hinton Photographic Collection In 1977, Jazz bassist Milt Hinton received a music fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; sixteen years later, the Arts Endowment again honored Hinton, this time as an NEA […]

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