• The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Concert

    January 14, 2013. Posted by WBGO.

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    The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters. From left: Eddie Palmieri, Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson. Not pictured: Lorraine Gordon. (Image Credit: Michael G. Stewart/NEA)

    In a concert and ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, the National Endowment for the Arts recognized its 2013 class of Jazz Masters on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.

    The honor is the highest federally supported award for jazz artistry; those recognized receive a $25,000 grant and a tribute performance. The event was broadcast live at XM Satellite Radio, WBGO-FM and online — with a live video stream — at this page on NPR Music.

    The NEA honored four individuals in 2013. Mose Allison devised a distinctive language as a jazz singer-songwriter, based around his piano; Lou Donaldson's bluesy alto saxophone is never far away from a groove of good feeling; Lorraine Gordon, owner of the Village Vanguard, presides over the longest-running and perhaps most prestigious club in New York; and Eddie Palmieri is one of the finest Latin jazz pianists (and bandleaders) in history.

    Since 1982, the NEA has recognized 128 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 live performances and education programs across the country.

    The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Concert

    • The NEA Jazz Masters Trio
      Artist: Various Artists
      Album: The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Concert
      Song: In Your Own Sweet Way

      Kenny Barron, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Jimmy Cobb, drums

    • Mose Allison With Amy Allison
      Artist: Various Artists
      Album: The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Concert
      Song: Was

      Mose Allison, piano; Amy Allison, voice.

    • Randy Weston With The NEA Jazz Masters
      Artist: Various Artists
      Album: The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Concert
      Song: Hi-Fly

      Randy Weston, piano.

    • Jimmy Heath With The NEA Jazz Masters Trio
      Artist: Various Artists
      Album: The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Concert
      Song: Sweet Lorraine

      Jimmy Heath, tenor saxophone.

    • Sheila Jordan With The NEA Jazz Masters Trio
      Artist: Various Artists
      Album: The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Concert
      Song: Sheila's Blues

      Sheila Jordan, voice.

    • Eddie Palmieri
      Artist: Various Artists
      Album: The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Concert
      Song: Iraida

      Eddie Palmieri, piano.

    • Lou Donaldson With The NEA Jazz Masters Trio
      Artist: Various Artists
      Album: The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Concert
      Song: Blues Walk

      Lou Donaldson, alto saxophone.

    • Dave Liebman, Paquito D'Rivera And The NEA Jazz Masters Trio
      Artist: Various Artists
      Album: The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Concert
      Song: All Blues

      Dave Liebman, soprano saxophone; Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet.

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