At last week’s celebration of the 30th anniversary of the NEA Jazz Masters program, Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, announced that 12 not-for-profit organizations will receive grants totaling $135,000 to bring outstanding jazz musicians, writers, producers, and scholars to communities across the nation through NEA Jazz Masters Live. Managed by Arts Midwest, NEA Jazz Masters Live grants support performance and educational activities featuring NEA Jazz Masters, recipients of the nation’s highest honor in jazz. The program offers audiences the unique opportunity to engage with the Jazz Masters through such activities as performances, master classes, clinics, lectures, and short term residencies.
Among the NEA Jazz Masters scheduled to participate in NEA Jazz Masters Live events are 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Jack DeJohnette, Sheila Jordan, and Jimmy Owens, as well as Kenny Barron, Chick Corea, and Randy Weston. Of the 12 organizations chosen this year, a third are first-time recipients of NEA Jazz Masters Live grants.
Organizations chosen for the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Live are: