Highlights Include March 24 Concert at New York City's Aaron Davis Hall, Featuring NEA Jazz Master McCoy Tyner with Dance Great Savion Glover
The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters, winners of the nation's highest honor in their distinctively American art, are appearing coast-to-coast throughout 2006 through the NEA Jazz Masters On Tour program.
A major component of the overall NEA Jazz Masters Initiative, the tour forges new links between audiences and legendary musicians. Using a competitive bidding process, the Arts Endowment has chosen a not-for-profit organization in each of the 50 states to present one or more of the NEA Jazz Masters, who are showcased not only in concerts but also in educational events, meet-the-artist talks, workshops, and other forums for interacting with the public.
The chosen venue in New York State is Aaron Davis Hall, on the campus of the City College of New York, where NEA Jazz Master McCoy Tyner will be the featured artist for two nights. On Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., the legendary pianist and his special guests will engage the audience in a discussion of the past, present, and future of music, in a conversation illuminated by film clips. On Friday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., Tyner will join in concert with tap-dance great Savion Glover. Opening the program on March 24 will be an exceptional ensemble that includes Ravi Coltrane, Gregoire Maret, Lionel Loueke, and Derrick Hodge.
Some of the other notable events scheduled for the 2006 tour are a concert by NEA Jazz Masters James Moody, Slide Hampton, Paquito D'Rivera, and Jimmy Heath at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI (January 20); Ron Carter at the American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, MO (January 21); Chick Corea at the Anchorage Concert Association, Anchorage, AK (February 2): Freddie Hubbard at the Tennessee Valley Jazz Society, Huntington, AL (February 24); Marian McPartland and her trio at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, VT (May 10); and Paquito D'Rivera at the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society, Sioux Falls, SD (December 2).
Organized by the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest, NEA Jazz Masters On Tour is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through a grant to Chamber Music America.
In 2006, this tour and the other components of the NEA Jazz Masters Initiative are highlights of the Arts Endowment's 40th anniversary year celebration. According to NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, The NEA Jazz Masters Initiative is a perfect illustration of how the Arts Endowment has helped enrich and celebrate American cultural life and the achievements of our nation's artists. This comprehensive program benefits musicians, arts presenters, educators, students, and the general public. Best of all, it connects millions of Americans with this great musical tradition."
Each year since 1982, through the NEA Jazz Masters program, the National Endowment for the Arts has honored a select number of living legends who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz. Newly named NEA Jazz Masters are provided with a one-time fellowship of $25,000. In 2004, the NEA significantly expanded its NEA Jazz Masters Initiative into a comprehensive program that includes the NEA Jazz Masters Award; NEA Jazz Masters On Tour; television and radio programming featuring NEA Jazz Masters; educational resources through the NEA Jazz in the Schools program, and recordings and publications.
For further information, please visit the web site at www.neajazzmasters.org.
The National Endowment for the Arts has taken a leadership role in supporting jazz artists and organizations since 1970, providing millions of dollars in grants and awards. The Endowment is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts--both new and established--bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.