• 2015 NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony & Concert: Watch Now

    April 20, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Click below to watch a video webcast of the NEA Jazz Masters ceremony and concert on April 20 at 7:30 p.m., live from Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York.

    Every year, the National Endowment for the Arts presents awards for lifetime achievement to jazz artists and advocates. This is the nation's highest honor in jazz.

  • The 2015 NEA Jazz Masters Concert

    April 20, 2015

    George Coleman. (Image Credit: Ray Foley/Courtesy of the artist)

    In a concert and ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, the National Endowment for the Arts recognizes its 2015 class of Jazz Masters. The performance will be webcast live Monday at 7:30 p.m. EDT here and via arts.gov, jazz.org, wbgo.org and Sirius XM radio.

    The NEA honors four individuals in 2015: composer and pianist Carla Bley, saxophonist and composer George Coleman, saxophonist and composer Charles Lloyd and venue proprietor Joe Segal.

    The honor is the most substantial federally supported award for jazz artistry; those recognized each receive a $25,000 grant. This concert includes performances by Bley and Lloyd, as well as appearances by other NEA Jazz Masters and guest artists from multiple generations. Bassist Christian McBride, who is also host of NPR's Jazz Night In America, will emcee.

    Since 1982, the NEA has now recognized 136 Jazz Masters (or group awards), all of whom were living at the time of their selection. In addition to the one-time grant, recipients are also invited to participate in NEA-sponsored performances and education programs across the country.

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  • Singer Jose James on Billie Holiday: Listen Now

    April 20, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer José James talks with Monifa Brown about "Yesterday I Had The Blues," his tribute album to Billie Holiday in her centennial year. Enjoy!