The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF), with sponsorship from PECO, has presented pianist and composer Amina Claudine Myers with its 2021 Living Legacy Jazz Award.
PECO presented the award to Myers in a November 6 streaming webcast from the National Museum of Jazz in Harlem. The webcast is now available for viewing on YouTube.
The Living Legacy Jazz Award honors living jazz masters who live in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region. Honorees are artists who “have kept the spirit and tradition of this evolving art form alive, maintaining the vitality of jazz for future generations through advocacy, mentorship, and the transmission of artistic skill and cultural knowledge.”
Each year, MAAF invites a list of nominators to submit recommendations for awardees. A jury then considers the recommendations and determines a final winner. 2021’s jury included pianist Orrin Evans, guitarist Mary Halvorson, and artist Jonathan Whitney.
The MAAF Living Legacy Jazz Award was established in 1994, with the late trumpeter Clark Terry as its inaugural winner. Recent winners have included Charles Tolliver (2019), Toshiko Akiyoshi (2018), Odean Pope (2017), and Ron Carter (2016). No award was given in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information about the Living Legacy Jazz Award, including a full list of past honorees, visit the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s website.