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Jazz Musicians: NEA Jazz Masters

NEA Jazz Master The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship is the highest honor that the United States bestows on jazz artists. Each year since 1982, the program has elevated to its ranks a select number of living legends who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz. Learn more about the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship at arts.gov.


Abbey Lincoln

voice / vocals
1930 - 2010

Views 39,065

Abdullah Ibrahim

piano
born 1934

Views 38,536

Ahmad Jamal

piano
born 1930

Views 96,747

Albert Tootie Heath

drums
born 1935

Views 52,484

Andrew Hill

piano
1931 - 2007

Views 43,639

Andy Kirk

drums
1898 - 1992

Views 22,662

Anita O'Day

voice / vocals
1919 - 2006

Views 37,961

Annie Ross

voice / vocals
1930 - 2020

Views 25,465

Anthony Braxton

woodwinds
born 1945

Views 54,362

Archie Shepp

saxophone, tenor
born 1937

Views 55,414

Art Blakey

drums
1919 - 1990

Views 68,559

Art Farmer

flugelhorn
1928 - 1999

Views 56,415

Artie Shaw

clarinet
1910 - 2004

Views 37,389

Barry Harris

piano
1929 - 2021

Views 21,748

Benny Carter

saxophone, alto
1907 - 2003

Views 41,858

Benny Golson

saxophone, tenor
born 1929

Views 81,806

Betty Carter

voice / vocals
1929 - 1998

Views 34,163

Bill Holman

saxophone, tenor
born 1927

Views 28,205

Billy Hart

drums
born 1940

Views 28,232

Billy Higgins

drums
1936 - 2001

Views 27,687

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