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NEA Jazz Masters Event Goes Virtual for Second Year

The 2021 tribute concert is scheduled for April 22; honorees include Terri Lyne Carrington, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Phil Schaap, and Henry Threadgill

The 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters
2021’s NEA Jazz Masters: Terri Lyne Carrington (photo: Delphine Diallo), Albert “Tootie” Heath (photo: Ghylian Bell & Mychal Watts), Henry Threadgill (photo: Nhumi Threadgill), and Phil Schaap (photo courtesy of Jazz at Lincoln Center)

The NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert for 2021 will once again take place virtually, streaming on April 22 in a program co-presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and SFJAZZ.

The concert will honor the 2021 class of NEA Jazz Masters—the highest honor that the United States bestows on jazz artists—including Terri Lyne Carrington, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Phil Schaap, and Henry Threadgill.

Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and actor Delroy Lindo will host the virtual program. Performers will include Obed Calvaire, Avishai Cohen, Roman Filiu, Vince Giordano, Christopher Hoffman, Joe Lovano, Wynton and Jason Marsalis, Pedrito Martinez, Dan Nimmer, Linda May Han Oh, Danilo Pérez, Dianne Reeves, David Virelles, Lizz Wright, and the SFJAZZ High School All Stars, with saxophonist and SFJAZZ member Miguel Zenón serving as musical director. (Carrington, one of the honorees, has been the usual musical director for NEA tribute concerts.)

The concert will be webcast online on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on arts.gov and sfjazz.org. The concert will also be available via radio broadcast on SiriusXM Channel 67 Real Jazz, in California on KCSM 91.1 FM, in Illinois on WDCB 90.9 FM, and in Washington, DC on WPFW 89.3 FM. The concert webcast will be archived at arts.gov.

Visit the NEA website for more information on the Jazz Masters fellowship.