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 arts.gov and jalc.org/live.
Each recipient is awarded a $25,000 fellowship.
For more information about the NEA Jazz Masters, click here.