Bob Dorough

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.

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The National Endowment for the Arts inducts its 2019 Jazz Masters on April 15.

In advance of the main event — a tribute concert at the Kennedy Center, which we’ll livestream here at WBGO — we’re celebrating the new class of honorees in Take Five.

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It makes sense that Nellie McKay would find a close kinship with the late NEA Jazz Master Bob Dorough. Despite being separated by nearly 60 years in age, both artists found a niche for their quirky and original songs. The duo made one memorable recording together and also toured the world.

On this edition of The Checkout, Nellie McKay pays tribute to her favorite hipster sidekick, who passed away last April. 

Courtesy of The Roy Hargrove Estate

This time each year, amidst the warmth of year-end highlights and holiday wishes, we pause to remember those we have lost.

But while it's an occasion for sadness, it's also an opportunity to celebrate their legacies in full. That's the spirit with which Jazz Night in America offers this In Memoriam episode, featuring testimonials by some of those who knew the artists best.

Bob Dorough, who died on Monday at 94, was a bebop piano player, a lifelong hipster, and a songwriter who made it all look easy (while always staying one step ahead of you).

He was also an irreplaceable singer — and an important figure in the life of WBGO's Michael Bourne, who offers this reminiscence alongside Dorough's last appearance on Singers Unlimited.