In this short pre-ceremony interview provided by the NEA, Jarrett discusses what he expects of audiences, the three decades of his trio with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, his spontaneous wordless vocals, and how he came to jazz in the first place.
Here is Jarrett with his standards trio in a 1993 Tokyo performance of “I Fall in Love Too Easily” that demonstrates not only their celebrated cohesiveness but moments of Jarrett’s magnetism when he is playing unaccompanied.
Oh, what the heck, it’s the weekend. You have plenty of time. Here they are again with as delightful a performance of Sonny Rollins’s “Oleo” as I’ve heard since the 1954 original with Rollins and Miles Davis.
Jarrett, saxophonist Anthony Braxton, bassist Richard Davis and saxophonist-producer-educator Jamey Aebersold will receive their awards in New York in a ceremony that will be streamed live on the internet at 7:30 p.m. EST Monday on the arts.gov and Jazz at Lincoln Center websites.