On March 3, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will open its Jazz in Our Time celebration with a concert featuring Nancy Wilson and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, violinist Regina Carter, drummer T.S. Monk, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, trumpeter Jon Faddis and other special guests. 2002 Kennedy Center Honoree-and voice of Darth Vader-James Earl Jones will host the evening in the Concert Hall, during which various musicians will be honored with a “Living Jazz Legend” Award for lifetime achievement.
“It is important to honor musicians while they are alive,” said Dr. Billy Taylor, the Center’s Artistic Advisor for Jazz. “So often, jazz luminaries are recognized for their achievements only after their death. With Jazz in Our Time, we are reflecting on the massive impact these jazz artists have had on the development and continuation of jazz around the world.”