The National Endowment for the Arts honors the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters with a tribute concert tonight at 8 p.m.
We'll host a live webcast from the John F. Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The concert will be hosted by Jason Moran, with musical direction by Terri Lyne Carrington.
There are four NEA Jazz Masters in the 2019 class: pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim, composer Maria Schneider, critic-historian Stanley Crouch, and pianist and singer-songwriter Bob Dorough, who receives his award posthumously.
Ibrahim and Schneider will deliver remarks at the concert. Patrick C. Dorian, a professor of music at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, will represent Dorough, and Loren Schoenberg, senior scholar with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, will speak for Crouch.
The evening will include musical performances by NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan, saxophonists David Murray and Charles McPherson, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, singer Kurt Elling, and pianists Frank Kimbrough and Sullivan Fortner.
The concert will also be streamed on the National Endowment for the Arts and Kennedy Center websites, and by NPR Music and other member stations. An archive will be available following the event at arts.gov.