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Jazz Mix Tape: U.S. Poet Laureate edition

July 17, 2012 by Paulette Beete and Rebecca Gross Philip Levine. Photo by Geoffrey Berliner Thanks to his Detroit upbringing, former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine has more than a passing connection with some of the country’s jazz legends, such as NEA Jazz Masters Kenny Burrell, Elvin Jones, and Tommy Flanagan. In fact, Levine has […]

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Art Works Podcast: Delfeayo Marsalis

April 26, 2012 By Josephine Reed Delfeayo Marsalis. Photo courtesy of the musician Meet Delfeayo Marsalis, one of the top trombonists and producers working in jazz today, and the third son in the acclaimed Marsalis family. (And for you trivia lovers, the Marsalis family has received the one and only group NEA Jazz Masters Award.) […]

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Art Works Podcast: Ahmad Jamal

April 5, 2012 By Josephine Reed Ahmad Jamal at the piano. Photo courtesy of DL/Media This week’s podcast begins our celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month with a conversation with legendary pianist and 1994 NEA Jazz Master, Ahmad Jamal. Jamal plays the piano with both subtley and virtuosity. As Miles Davis put it, Jamal allowed the […]

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Art Works Podcast: Sheila Jordan

March 29, 2012 By Josephine Reed Sheila Jordan. Photo by Jimmy Bruch This week’s podcast is the perfect bridge between Women’s History Month and Jazz Appreciation Month: it’s a conversation with legendary singer and 2012 NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan. Jordan grew up with her grandparents in Pennsylvania’s coal-mining country. In high school, after she […]

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Postcard from 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Celebration

January 17, 2012 by Rocco Landesman 2012 NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens performs at the January 10 concert celebration. Photo by Michael G. Stewart Last week we celebrated the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters, and as I was saying to [NEA Music Director] Wayne Brown, I thought this was our best Jazz Masters yet. We began […]

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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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Art Works Podcast: Jack DeJohnette

January 5, 2012 By Josephine Reed Jack DeJohnette on the drums. Photo by Ernest Gregory This week’s podcast is the first of a two-part interview with legendary drummer and 2012 NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette. The Chicago-born, New York-based musician has played with virtually every major jazz figure from the 1960s on, including NEA Jazz […]

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At the Mike with the NEA Jazz Masters

January 4, 2012 Text and photo by Paulette Beete; podcasts by Josephine Reed An outtake from the photo shoot before the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert: Back Row (l-r): Gunther Schuller, Ron Carter, Delfeayo Marsalis, David Baker, Branford Marsalis, Dan Morgenstern, Hubert Laws, Phil Wood, Ahmad Jamal, Muhal Richard Abrams, NEA Chair Rocco […]

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