This year marks the 40th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship. Since 1982, NEA has awarded 165 fellowships to jazz luminaries, including Dizzy Gillespie, Sun Ra, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln and Ramsey Lewis. The 2022 NEA Jazz Masters are:
- Stanley Clarke, bassist, composer, arranger, producer
- Billy Hart, drummer, educator
- Cassandra Wilson, vocalist, composer, guitarist
- Donald Harrison Jr., cultural activist, saxophonist, composer, educator
The Class of 2022 will be honored at a tribute concert hosted by 2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves.
The concert is free and open to the public. The livestream of the 2022 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert will begin on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30pm PT (10:30pm ET) at arts.gov, sfjazz.org and Facebook.
NB In case you missed the livestream, you can watch the 2022 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert on YouTube.