Since 1982, the NEA has presented the Jazz Masters Fellowships, our nation’s highest honor to those individuals whose contributions to this uniquely American art form have made them worthy of special recognition. The ceremony and concert was held at the intimate Dizzy’s Club, in the Jazz at Lincoln Center complex, and honored the life’s work of Eddie Palmieri, Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson and Lorraine Gordon. Sharing the stage with these legendary jazz luminaries was the all star rhythm section of Kenny Barron on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums. In addition, the crowd was treated to performances by special guests ( and past Jazz Masters Fellows ) Randy Weston, Jimmy Heath, Sheila Jordan, David Liebman and Paquito D’Rivera. It is an honor and a great privilege for me to be part of this summit of such stellar jazz luminaries, and as always, I applaud the National Endowment for the Arts in their tireless efforts in keeping the arts alive and vibrant in these difficult financial times. I hope my meager contribution of creating these ( and many more) images of the event helps to keep jazz, and all American art in the public eye. If these photos are not enough, be sure to track down the music of these gifted musicians, and the thousands of others, past and present, who create that fabulous American art form we know as JAZZ!
THE PORTRAIT SESSIONS
Top to bottom- Kenny Barron & Jimmy Heath, Sheila Jordan, Lou Donaldson & Kenny Barron, Eddie Palmieri, Dave Liebman, Ron Carter, Paquito D’Rivera