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NEA Presents 2010 Jazz Masters Awards

Muhal Richard Abrams, Kenny Barron, Bill Holman, Bobby Hutcherson, Yusef Lateef, Annie Ross and Cedar Walton recognized for lifetime achievements

Kenny Barron at home
Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross at a Joni Mitchell tribute concert, New York 1999
Yusef Lateef
Cedar Walton

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will present the annual Jazz Masters awards to seven musicians, as well as a jazz advocacy award to a professional who has supported the music and its artists. This year’s NEA Jazz Masters are Muhal Richard Abrams, Kenny Barron, Bill Holman, Bobby Hutcherson, Yusef Lateef, Annie Ross and Cedar Walton. Producer George Avakian will receive the A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy, an award that JT’s own Nat Hentoff received a few years ago.

The 2010 NEA Jazz Masters Awards ceremony and concert will take place at 7:30pm EST in Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, and will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a program dedicated to the honorees’ works.

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