Since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded Jazz Masters Fellowships, the nation’s highest honor in jazz, to individuals who have made significant contributions to America’s classical music. Last week, the 2019 Jazz Masters were announced.
The 2019 NEA Jazz Masters are:
- Bob Dorough, vocalist, composer, arranger and pianist
- Abdullah Ibrahim, pianist and composer
- Maria Schneider, composer, arranger, and bandleader
- Stanley Crouch, jazz historian, author, critic, and co-founder of Jazz at Lincoln Center
NEA Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter said:
The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to celebrate jazz, an art form born in the United States that has since been embraced worldwide. These four new NEA Jazz Masters have been key players in jazz throughout their lives and careers, ensuring that the music will continue to grow and reach new audiences.
The honorees will be celebrated at a free tribute concert on April 15, 2019 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in DC. For more info, go here.