Celebrate the 2021 NEA Jazz Masters: Thursday, April 22nd 8pm

Apr 21, 2021

The 2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert will air on WEMU-FM tomorrow at 8pm Eastern!

Join the celebration of the 2021 NEA Jazz Masters as the National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with SFJAZZ, presents a virtual tribute concert in honor of Terri Lyne Carrington, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Henry Threadgill, and Phil Schaap (2021 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy). 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater and actor Delroy Lindo will co-host this event, featuring performances and tributes by acclaimed jazz musicians. 

 

The National Endowment for the Arts is has to announced that the Second Gentleman of the United States Douglas Emhoff will provide opening remarks as part of the 2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert, discussing his personal connections to jazz and the art form’s connections to our nation’s past, present, and future.

With music director Miguel Zenón, the concert will include performances by NEA Jazz Masters Wynton and Jason Marsalis (2011) and Dianne Reeves (2018), as well as Obed Calvaire, Avishai Cohen, Roman Filiu, Vince Giordano, Christopher Hoffman, Joe Lovano, Pedrito Martinez, Dan NimmerLinda May Han Oh, Danilo Pérez, David Virelles, Lizz Wright, and the SFJAZZ High School All Stars. The event will also include video testimonials from NEA Jazz Masters Herbie Hancock (2004), Charles Lloyd (2015), and Wayne Shorter (1998), as well as Jon Faddis, Michelle Kinney, Joe LovanoJason Moran, and James Mtume.

 

 

“As part of our efforts to give all Americans access to the arts we are proud to partner with SFJAZZ on this virtual concert,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “It is an opportunity for audiences around the world to tune in and explore the honorees’ many contributions to jazz while also experiencing an evening of performances by an incredible line-up of jazz musicians.”

 

“It is an honor to again partner with the NEA to celebrate these Jazz Masters," says SFJAZZ Founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline. "We are looking forward to all of these artists and our global communities coming together to honor these legendary jazz masters for their profound contributions to our world.”

 

 

The concert webcast will be archived at arts.gov.

 

 

You can join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NEAJazz21.

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