NEA Jazz Masters Concert to be webcast live at arts.gov and jalc.org
(Published: December 21, 2011)
The award ceremony and concert that each year recognizes the newest members of this elite group of jazz artists and will also celebrate 30 years of honoring the best of jazz.
The NEA Jazz Masters awards recognize outstanding musicians for their lifetime achievements and significant contributions to the development of jazz. The 2012 NEA Jazz Masters are drummer, keyboardist, and composer Jack DeJohnette; saxophonist Von Freeman; bassist, composer, and educator Charlie Haden; vocalist and educator Sheila Jordan; and educator, trumpeter, flugelhorn player, composer, and arranger Jimmy Owens, recipient of the 2012 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy.
The concert will be held on January 10, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. In addition to the performances and award presentations, the evening will feature video tributes to each of the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters.
Tickets are free and can be reserved beginning November 1, 2011 either online at jalc.org/concerts or in person at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located at Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor. The box office is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as Sundays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Limit two tickets per person.
"We are pleased to be able to share what promises to be a sensational evening of jazz with audiences around the world," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "The webcast and radio broadcast will extend the event far beyond the concert hall, connecting these Americans legends to millions of listeners."
"Bringing together our community to celebrate the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters as well as the 30th anniversary of the nation's highest honor in jazz is a great privilege for Jazz at Lincoln Center," said Adrian Ellis, executive director, Jazz at Lincoln Center. "We hope jazz fans and newcomers alike will join us in this fantastic evening of music to honor those who have dedicated their lives to it. This event will be like no other."
Those unable to attend in person can enjoy the performance via live webcast at arts.gov and jalc.org at 7:30 p.m. EST. The concert will be broadcast live on WBGO Jazz 88.3FM and SiriusXM Satellite Radio's Real Jazz Channel XM67. A video archive of the concert will also be available at arts.gov following the event.
Prior to the concert, the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters and their fellow NEA Jazz Masters will gather for a 30th anniversary group photo opportunity. Members of the press who would like to attend the concert or participate in the photo opportunity must reserve a place in advance by contacting Victoria Hutter at 202-682-5692 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
About NEA Jazz Masters
Each year since 1982, the Arts Endowment has conferred the NEA Jazz Masters Award to living legends who have made major contributions to jazz. With this new class, 124 awards have been given to great figures of jazz in America, including Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Sonny Rollins, and Nancy Wilson.
NEA Jazz Masters are selected from nominations submitted by the public and receive a one-time fellowship award of $25,000, are honored at a public awards ceremony, and may participate in NEA-sponsored promotional, performance, and educational activities. Only living musicians or jazz advocates may be nominated for the NEA Jazz Masters honor.
In addition to NEA Jazz in the Schools, a partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, the NEA's jazz programs include NEA Jazz Masters Live, a series of performance and educational engagements in selected communities, featuring NEA Jazz Masters; radio programming featuring NEA Jazz Masters; and publications and reports. For more information on NEA Jazz Masters, the public is invited to visit the website, at neajazzmasters.org.
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.
Jazz at Lincoln Center is dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz. With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and a comprehensive array of guest artists, Jazz at Lincoln Center advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education, and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. These productions include concerts, national and international tours, residencies, weekly national radio programs, television broadcasts, recordings, publications, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, jazz appreciation curriculum for students, music publishing, children's concerts and classes, lectures, adult education courses, student and educator workshops, and interactive websites. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, Chairman Lisa Schiff, and Executive Director Adrian Ellis, Jazz at Lincoln Center produces thousands of events each season in its home in New York City, Frederick P. Rose Hall, and around the world. For more information, visit jalc.org