[Dixielandjazz] National Endowment for the Arts Announces the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters

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National Endowment for the Arts Announces the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters 


3oth Anniversary of the Nation's Highest Honor 


NEW YORK, NY, June 24, 2011 /Jazz NewsWire/ - The National Endowment for the
Arts (NEA) today announced the recipients of the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Award
- the nation's highest honor in jazz
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one-time award of $25,000 and be publicly honored at the annual awards
ceremony and concert, produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center at its home,
Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City. 

With this class, the NEA is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the NEA Jazz
Masters Awards, which recognize outstanding musicians for their lifetime
achievements and significant contributions to the development and
performance of jazz. 

The 2012 NEA Jazz Masters are: 

*	Jack DeJohnette, Drummer, Keyboardist, Composer (born in Chicago,
IL; lives in Willow, NY)
*	Von Freeman, Saxophonist (born in Chicago, IL; lives in Chicago, IL)
*	Charlie Haden, Bassist, Composer, Educator (born in Shenandoah, IA;
lives in Agoura Hills, CA)
*	Sheila Jordan, Vocalist, Educator(born in Detroit, MI; lives in
Middleburgh, NY and New York, NY)
*	*Jimmy Owens, Educator, Trumpeter, Flugelhorn Player, Composer,
Arranger (born in Bronx, NY; lives in New York, NY) 

*Jimmy Owens is the recipient of the 2012 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters
Award for Jazz Advocacy. 

"These artists represent the highest level of artistic mastery and we are
proud to recognize their achievements," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman.
"Through their contributions, we have been challenged, enlightened, and
charmed, and we thank them for devoting their careers to expanding and
supporting their art forms." 

"Jazz is considered by many as one of America's greatest cultural gifts to
the world," said Wayne S. Brown, NEA Director of Music and Opera. "These
artists are being recognized for their extraordinary contribution to
advancing the art form and for serving as mentors for a new generation of
young aspiring jazz musicians." 

Each member of the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters class is a distinguished artist
whose significant lifetime contributions have helped to enrich jazz and
further the growth of the art form: 

*	Widely regarded as one of the great drummers in modern jazz, Jack
DeJohnette has a wide-ranging style that makes him a dynamic sideman and
bandleader. His versatility on the drums is accented by DeJohnette's
additional accomplishments as a keyboardist: he studied classical piano for
ten years before taking up drums. 
*	Earle Lavon "Von" Freeman, Sr. is considered a founder of the
"Chicago School" of jazz tenor saxophonists. With his individual sound, at
once husky and melodic, he makes every song his own. As the Chicago Tribune
has written of him, "For technical brilliance, musical intellect, harmonic
sophistication, and improvisatory freedom, Von Freeman has few bebop-era
*	Lyrical and expressive on the bass, Charlie Haden has embraced a
variety of musical genres, ranging from jazz to country to world music. His
work as an educator led to the creation of the Jazz Studies program at
California Institute of the Arts in 1982 where he focuses on the
spirituality of improvisation.
*	Sheila Jordan is not only one of the premier singers in jazz, but
she is known for her stimulating vocal workshops as well. A superb scat
singer, she can just as easily reach the emotional depths of a ballad.
*	Jimmy Owens is a jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, and
music education consultant. His involvement as an advocate regarding the
rights of jazz artists led to the founding of the Jazz Musician's Emergency
Fund, a program of the Jazz Foundation of America. 

Full profiles of the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters are located on the NEA's website.

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The NEA Jazz Masters awards were announced in conjunction with the
announcement of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships and NEA Opera Honors
recipients. Please go to arts.gov for the list of these recipients. 

For the January awards ceremony and concert, the Arts Endowment will again
partner with Jazz at Lincoln Center to produce the event. The awards
ceremony and concert will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with
Wynton Marsalis and other special guests in a program dedicated to the
honorees' lives and works and the program's 30th anniversary. Since 2003-04,
the NEA and Jazz at Lincoln Center have partnered on collaborations
including NEA Jazz in the Schools, a web-based curriculum designed for high
school teachers and students to explore the history of jazz, integrating
that story with the sweep of social, economic, and political developments in
the United States. The free, cross-disciplinary curriculum is available
online at neajazzintheschools.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, George Benson, Art Blakey, Dave Brubeck, Ornette
Coleman, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton,
Herbie Hancock, John Levy, Abbey Lincoln, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Cecil
Taylor, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and the Marsalis Family. 

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, a jazz hall of fame, weekly national radio
programs, 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, 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. 

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Contact: Liz Stark, 202-682-5744, starke at arts.gov   


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