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NEA Announces 2006 Jazz Masters

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia announced Tuesday the seven living legends of American music that will join the ranks of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Jazz Masters. Recipients honored are awarded $25,000 fellowships and will be invited to participate in outreach efforts, including broadcasts and NEA Jazz Masters On Tour.

The 2006 NEA Jazz Masters inductees are percussionist Ray Barretto, singer Tony Bennett, arranger/composer Bob Brookmeyer, keyboardist Chick Corea, clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard (pictured) and John Levy, an A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Advocacy recipient for his work as a manager.

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