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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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Reflecting on the Holidays, New Year, & the Arts

It’s become a tradition that ARTSblog offers up a question as part of our annual New Year’s card (our 2012 question will be posted in two weeks), so I didn’t want to take away from that when I started writing a “Happy Holidays” post this morning. As I began writing a simple message thanking our […]

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Art Works Podcast: Aaron Diehl

December 22, 2011 By Josephine Reed Aaron Diehl. Photo used courtesy of Mr. Diehl With this week’s podcast, you have the opportunity to meet 26-year-old Aaron Diehl, winner of the 2011 Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, the prestigious competition of the American Pianists Association. Diehl is an elegant jazz pianist who also knows how to […]

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