07/18/12

2013 NEA Jazz Masters Announced

Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson, Lorraine Gordon & Eddie Palmieri are the newest honorees

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced the four newest NEA Jazz Masters. Joining the list of 124 previously recognized honorees are Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson, Lorraine Gordon and Eddie Palmieri.

The annual NEA Jazz Masters awards ceremony and concert will take place on January 14, 2013, in conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Center. The ceremony will also be simulcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and on both Arts.gov and NEA Jazz Masters.

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Eddie Palmieri

In a statement, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, “Each of the 2013 NEA Jazz Masters has made an indelible mark on jazz as we know it today. Mose Allison’s fusion of jazz and blues has created a new sound uniquely his own, influencing scores of musicians and songwriters after him. Lou Donaldson has been a major force not just as a musician but also as a scout for new talent for the Blue Note label. Eddie Palmieri successfully combines the sounds of his Puerto Rican heritage with the jazz music he grew up with as a first-generation American. And Lorraine Gordon continues to provide a haven for jazz musicians to present their art at the Village Vanguard. I look forward to celebrating their achievements and contributions to this important American art form.”

The NEA website offered bios of the four new Jazz Masters honorees:

Mose Allison is not just a superior talent as an instrumentalist and singer, but also as a songwriter. Adept in both the blues and jazz, he defies categorization and has been a major influence on musicians, regardless of genre, for more than 50 years.

Lou Donaldson’s distinctive blues-drenched alto saxophone has been a bopping force in jazz for more than six decades. His early work with trumpeter Clifford Brown is considered one of the first forays into hard bop, and his recordings with organist and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Smith led to the groove-filled jazz of the 1960s and ’70s.

A jazz haven for more than 55 years, the Village Vanguard is the longest-running jazz club in New York City and is still going strong under the ownership of Lorraine Gordon. Since 1957, when NEA Jazz Master Sonny Rollins recorded one of the first recording sessions at the club, the Vanguard has been the place to record a live jazz album, with its exceptional acoustics and intimate space.

Known as one of the finest Latin jazz pianists of the past 50 years, Eddie Palmieri is also known as a bandleader of both salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of Puerto Rico with the melody and complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk and NEA Jazz Masters Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner.

Further details about the new NEA Jazz Masters program and the latest honorees can be found here.

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