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NEA Names 2015 Jazz Masters

Carla Bley, George Coleman, Charles Lloyd and presenter Joe Segal honored

George Coleman
Charles Lloyd, Skopje Jazz Festival, Oct. 2011
Joe Segal

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced the 2015 NEA Jazz Masters. Recipients of the award, considered the highest honor in jazz, are “recognized for their lifetime achievements and exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz,” according to a press release.

The 2015 NEA Jazz Masters are:

Carla Bley (Willow, New York)-keyboardist, composer, arranger, bandleader

George Coleman (Jersey City, New Jersey)-saxophonist, composer, educator

Charles Lloyd (Santa Barbara, California)-saxophonist, flutist, composer

Joe Segal* (Chicago, Illinois)-jazz presenter and club owner

• Joe Segal is the recipient of the 2015 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy, which is bestowed upon an individual who has contributed significantly to the appreciation, knowledge, and advancement of the art form of jazz.

An awards ceremony and concert honoring the latest recipients will take place at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 20, 2015. The concert will be streamed live on and

Each recipient is awarded a $25,000 fellowship.

For more information about the NEA Jazz Masters, click here.

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