On Thursday, March 31, the National Endowment for the Arts and SFJAZZ will honor the 2022 NEA Jazz Masters—Stanley Clarke, Donald Harrison, Jr., Billy Hart, and Cassandra Wilson—with a special concert, and you can watch it right here!
Beginning at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET, the concert will stream live from the SFJAZZ Center’s Robert N. Miner Auditorium in San Francisco. Vocalist and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves will host the evening, and three of the 2022 honorees (Clarke, Harrison, and Hart) will perform. Additional performers include Jeremiah Collier, Joe Dyson, Ethan Iverson, Dan Kaufman, Salar Nader, Noriatsu Naraoka, Ruslan Sirota, Ben Street, and Mark Turner, as well as the SFJAZZ Collective—Matt Brewer, Etienne Charles, Martin Luther McCoy, Gretchen Parlato, Chris Potter, Davíd Sanchez, Kendrick Scott, Edward Simon, and Warren Wolf—and Skylar Tang, a 16-year-old trumpeter and a member of the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars. (Performers subject to change.)
Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, chair of the NEA, and Randall Kline, founder and executive artistic director of SFJAZZ, will provide remarks. Video tributes will also be presented.
Watch the 2022 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute concert below:
An archive of the webcast will be available following the event at arts.gov.
Earlier this month, the 2022 honorees participated in a Meet the NEA Jazz Masters virtual conversation, which you can watch here:
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the NEA Jazz Masters program, which since 1982 has awarded 165 fellowships to great figures in jazz, including Terri Lyne Carrington, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Hentoff, Sheila Jordan, Charles Lloyd, Pat Metheny, Sonny Rollins, Maria Schneider, Billy Taylor, George Wein, and Nancy Wilson. The Arts Endowment’s website contains photos and bios for all of the NEA Jazz Masters, as well as archived concerts, video tributes, podcasts, and more than 350 NEA Jazz Moments audio clips. The National Endowment for the Arts has also supported the Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program, an effort to document the lives and careers of nearly 100 NEA Jazz Masters.
Watch a trailer for the 2022 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert below: