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NEA Jazz Master Hubert Laws Interviewed at All About Jazz

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After James Moody and Frank Wess established the flute as a solo jazz instrument in the 1950s, and Herbie Mann popularized it in the 1960s, the musician that has become most identified with virtuosic flute performance in jazz is Hubert Laws, who became a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Fellowship in the class of 2011, the penultimate group of honorees before the program closes after the 2012 ceremony.

Greg Thomas spoke with Laws, following the NEA awards ceremony, about what winning the award means to the flautist, his early days at Juilliard with Chick Corea, and bridging the gap between jazz and classical music.

Check out Hubert Laws: Flute Virtuoso and NEA Jazz Master, today at All About Jazz!

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