National Endowment For The Arts To Sponsor Annual NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony
New York, NY
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the annual NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert will take place on October 17, 2008, at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The event will begin at 8 p.m. in Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center at Broadway at 60th Street and feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a program dedicated to the honorees’ works. The concert also will include brief video biographies on each 2009 NEA Jazz Master.
As a bonus there will be a pre-concert conversation, exploring the careers, influences, and ideas from the Masters’ experiences in jazz. The moderator for this conversation will be Dana Gioia, NEA Chairman. The six Jazz Masters taking part in this conversation include vocalist and guitarist George Benson, drummer James “Jimmy” Cobb, saxophonist Lee Konitz, harmonica and guitar player Jean-Baptiste “Toots” Thielemans, and trumpeter Eugene Edward “Snooky” Young.
Information About NEA Jazz Masters:
About NEA Jazz Masters: NEA Jazz Masters are selected from nominations submitted by the public. Musicians selected as NEA Jazz Masters receive a one-time grant award of $25,000, are honored at a public awards ceremony, and may participate in NEA-sponsored promotional, performance, and educational activities under the NEA Jazz Masters National Initiative program.
All of the NEA Jazz Masters are profiled in an NEA publication, which includes brief biographies, selected discographies, and an hour-long audio CD of NEA-produced Jazz Moments, radio shorts of interviews with NEA Jazz Masters. Only living musicians or jazz advocates may receive the NEA Jazz Masters honor.
The National Endowment for the Arts has supported jazz artists and organizations since 1969, providing millions of dollars in grants and awards. In 2004, the NEA significantly expanded its NEA Jazz Masters program and in 2005 created the NEA Jazz Masters Initiative, a comprehensive program of jazz support that includes:
(1) the NEA Jazz Masters Award
(2) the NEA Jazz Masters Live, a series of multiple event engagements in selected communities, featuring NEA Jazz Masters
(3) radio programming featuring NEA Jazz Masters
(4) a compilation CD produced by Verve Music Group
(5) educational resources through the NEA Jazz in the Schools program produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center
(6) publications and reports
For more information on NEA Jazz Masters, the public is invited to visit the web site, at www.neajazzmasters.org.