jazz masters

IAJE Evening 3 - To Q With Love

Quincy Jones and David Baker

David Baker presented the 2008 NEA Jazz Master Award to Quincy Jones. Jones gave a Delight-ful acceptance speech. His words came straight from the heart. Give it a listen:

Quincy Jones Acceptance Speech - 2008 NEA Jazz Master Awards Ceremony

That's how Quincy Jones feels about jazz.

Perhaps you heard his interview with Rhonda Hamilton?

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra played another Jones original:

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra - Stockholm Sweetnin’

NEA Jazz Masters Joe Wilder, Paquito D'Rivera and Candido Camero joined the orchestra onstage for a jam session:

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra with Joe Wilder, Paquito D’Rivera and Candido Camero - Walkin' aka Gravy

A perfect end to a perfect night, right? I thought so too. But as luck would have it, my perfect night was only beginning...

- Josh Jackson

IAJE Evening 3 - Tread Well for Oscar

Oscar Peterson’s Award

Just after the promenade of NEA Jazz Masters, a spot of good news for US foreign relations. NEA Chairman Dana Gioia and Canada Council for the Arts chair Karen Kain presented an award posthumously to Oscar Peterson. Hear Chairman Gioia read the proclamation.

Kelly, Oscar's wife, and Celine, his daughter, accepted the award.

During the ceremony, Oscar's childhood neighbor, Oliver Jones, sat at the piano and played tribute to his dear friend. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, directed by NEA Jazz Master David Baker, joined Oliver for the musical salute:

Oliver Jones and The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra - NEA Jazz Masters Awards 2008

Dave Young, Oscar's longtime bassist (1974-2006), joined Oliver for a trio take on Oscar's "Hymn to Freedom":

Oliver Jones Trio Plays for Oscar Peterson - NEA Jazz Masters Awards 2008

This was just the beginning of a phenomenal evening for jazz.


As I post this, there's an amazing show happening at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. The concert's called "Simply the Best." Herbie Hancock, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, and everyone in Canada are coming out for Oscar. The concert is free to the public. Nearly 2,000 seats were awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to those who lined up at the box office. Fans began showing up at 5:30 a.m. We're hoping to secure rights to air the show on WBGO at a later date... - Josh