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2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert to Take Place Virtually April 22, 2021

Washington, DC—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 CarringtonAlbert “Tootie” HeathHenry Threadgill, and Phil Schaap (2021 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy). The 2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert will take place on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater and actor Delroy Lindo will co-host this event, featuring recorded performances and tributes by acclaimed jazz musicians. The concert is free and available to watch online and via radio broadcast—full details are below.

“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.”

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 CalvaireAvishai CohenRoman FiliuVince GiordanoChristopher HoffmanJoe LovanoPedrito MartinezDan NimmerLinda May Han OhDanilo PérezDavid VirellesLizz 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 FaddisMichelle KinneyJoe LovanoJason Moran, and James Mtume.

“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 will be webcast online on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. on arts.gov and sfjazz.org, as well as the websites for All About Jazz and Jazz Near YouBerklee College of MusicBMIThe Carr CenterJazz Institute of ChicagoJazz Journalists AssociationJazz at Lincoln CenterJazzTimesKKJZNational Endowment for the HumanitiesNPR MusicSmithsonian Jazz, Voice of America’s Khmer and Chinese services, WBGOWDCBWRTI. The concert will also be available via radio broadcast on SiriusXM Channel 67, Real Jazz, in California on KCSM 91.1FM, in Illinois on WDCB 90.9 FM, and in Washington, DC on WPFW 89.3 FM. (List of websites and radio broadcasts subject to change.) The concert webcast will be archived at arts.gov.

Stay tuned immediately following the concert for a Meet the Jazz Masters discussion with the 2021 honorees, hosted by SFJAZZ Founder & Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline. 

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

About the NEA Jazz Masters
Since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded 161 fellowships to great figures in jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, Dianne Reeves, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, and George Wein. The Arts Endowment’s website features resources and content about the NEA Jazz Masters, including archived concerts, video tributes, podcasts, and more than 350 NEA Jazz Moments audio clips. The National Endowment for the Arts has also supported the Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program, an effort to document the lives and careers of nearly 100 NEA Jazz Masters. 

Nominate an NEA Jazz Master:
NEA Jazz Masters Fellows are nominated by the public, including the jazz community. Nominations are judged by an advisory panel of jazz experts, including administrators, performers, producers, and a knowledgeable layperson. The panel’s recommendations are reviewed by the National Council on the Arts, which sends its recommendations to the chairman, who makes the final decision. The Arts Endowment encourages nominations of a broad range of individuals who have been significant to the field of jazz, through vocals, instrumental performance, creative leadership, and education. NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships are up to $25,000 and can be received once in a lifetime. Visit the Arts Endowment’s website for detailed information and to submit nominations online.