NEA Jazz Master

The National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master Awards are jazz music’s highest honor.

Dizzy Gillespie

OCTOBER 21, 1917 ~ John Birks Gillespie was born in Cheraw, South Carolina. Dizzy helped create bebop and modern jazz. Dizzy asked Machito’s arranger Mario Bauzá for a conga player and got introduced to Chano Pozo. Their collaboration produced classics like “Manteca” and “Tin Tin Deo,” and brought Latin rhythm back to the forefront of jazz.

Eddie Palmieri “Mi Luz Mayor” Puerto Rican Jazz & Salsa

GREENWICH VILLAGE, Jan 15-20, 2019, Tue-Sun ~ Palmieri celebrates his new album “Mi Luz Mayor” at the Blue Note.
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Jazz and Classical master Paquito D’Rivera to play Blue Note Jazz Festival

The Cuban Classical and Jazz sax legend blows the happiest horn on the planet.
Blue Note Jazz Festival
Blue Note
Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Tuesday – Sunday
June 12 – 17, 2018

Other Latin NEA Jazz Masters include:

  • Ray Barretto (Puerto Rican, 2006)
  • Chick Corea (Italian – Spanish, 2006)
  • Candido Camero (Cuban, 2008)

By the way, why aren’t Louis Armstrong who completely changed jazz and popular music forever; and Duke Ellington, America’s greatest jazz composer, not recognized? Oops.


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