News Release, National Endowment for the Arts

Washington, DC—The National Endowment for the Arts will honor the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters—recipients of the nation’s highest honor in jazz—at a series of free events this April, held in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. These events—a concert with performances by stars of the jazz and music world, a listening party with in-depth conversations about the honorees’ lives and music, and a student master class with one of the 2019 Jazz Masters—will give the public opportunities to learn about and celebrate these distinguished artists and advocate.

The 2019 NEA Jazz Masters are:

  • Stanley Crouch—Jazz Historian, Author, Critic, Co-founder of Jazz at Lincoln Center (2019 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy)
  • Bob Dorough—Vocalist, Composer, Arranger, Pianist
  • Abdullah Ibrahim—Pianist, Composer
  • Maria Schneider—Composer, Arranger, Bandleader

More details about the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters events are below. Join the conversation about the events on Twitter using #NEAJazz19.

NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert—Monday, April 15, 2019
The 2019 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert will take place on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. ET at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall at 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20566 and also streamed live. Tickets will be available to reserve beginning Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10:00am ET; see below for additional details.

This evening of performances by world-renowned musicians will pay tribute to the NEA Jazz Masters’ careers, with performances byJay Anderson,Steve Berger,Terence Blanchard,Terri Lyne Carrington,Kurt Elling, 2012 NEA Jazz MasterSheila Jordan,Bill Goodwin,Cleave Guyton,Grace Kelly,Frank Kimbrough,Noah Jackson,Christian McBride,Charles McPherson,Jason Moran,David Murray,Pat O’Leary, andScott Robinson.

Jason Moran, pianist and Kennedy Center artistic director for jazz, will also host the concert, which will include remarks by 2019 NEA Jazz MastersAbdullah IbrahimandMaria Schneider.Patrick C. Dorian, distinguished professor emeritus of music at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania will represent Bob Dorough, who passed away in 2018 shortly after being notified of his Jazz Masters honor.Loren Schoenberg¸ senior scholar with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, will represent Stanley Crouch, who is recovering from an illness and will be unable to participate in the Jazz Masters events. In addition,Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, andDeborah F. Rutter, president of the Kennedy Center, will both give remarks.

Media who wish to request press access to this event should contact Liz Auclair atauclaire@arts.govor Chanel P. Williams atCPWilliams@Kennedy-Center.org. Photos from the concert will be available for media use on request.

Ticket details:

RESERVATIONS UPDATE AS OF 3/14: Reservations for this event are filled and have closed. Tickets will be available the night of the concert on a first-come, first-served basis to those in a standby line. Patrons are encouraged to arrive from 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. to receive tickets via the standby line.

Starting Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10:00 am ET, up to four (4) tickets per household may be reserved for this free concert in person at the Kennedy Center Box Office, atkennedy-center.org, or by dialing 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324. Reservation confirmations should be printed at home (note these are not tickets, but reservations), and will be valid on a first come first serve basis until 7:45 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2019. Print-at-home tickets are unavailable for this concert. Those with reservations should bring their printed reservation confirmations to the Kennedy Center Hall of Nations Box Office on Monday, April 15 between 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. to receive their tickets on a first come first serve basis. All reservation confirmations not presented to the box office by 7:45 p.m. will be released and distributed through a ticket giveaway line.

Tickets for walk-up patrons will be available the night of the concert on a first-come, first-served basis to those in a giveaway line. Patrons who do not reserve tickets in advance are encouraged to arrive from 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. to receive tickets via the giveaway line.

If you or a member of your party requires accessible locations or seating in the sign-interpreted and captioned section, please indicate your needs when making your reservation and upon picking up your tickets. Please contact the Accessibility Office at 202-416-8727 oraccess@kennedy-center.orgif you have any questions or would like to request an accommodation.

Live webcast and audio broadcast details:
The 2019 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert will be video-streamed live on theNational Endowment for the Artsand Kennedy Center websites, as well as the websites for the NPR Music, All About Jazz and Jazz Near You, National Endowment for the Humanities, Voice of America (Khmer, Spanish, Creole, Tibetan, and Chinese services), WBGO, and WPFW. An archive of the webcast will be available following the event at arts.gov. In addition, SiriusXM Channel 67, Real Jazz, and WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington, DC, will audio broadcast the concert live.

NPR Listening Party with the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters—Sunday, April 14, 2019
On Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., NPR will host a listening party in honor of the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters at their headquarters at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002. This event will include conversations with members of the latest class of NEA Jazz Masters and others who know them well, using music from their careers to tell the stories of their lives. JoiningMaria SchneiderandAbdullah Ibrahimwill beAralee Dorough—Bob Dorough’s daughter who is a musician—to discuss Dorough’s career, andChristian McBrideto talk about Crouch’s advocacy of jazz. This event is free and open to the public but tickets are required. Reserve your ticketshere.Media who wish to attend this event should contactmediarelations@npr.org.

Student Master Class with 2019 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim—Tuesday April 16, 2019
On Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 12:40–1:40 p.m., 2019 NEA Jazz MasterAbdullah Ibrahimwill conduct a master class with Howard University student musicians at Howard University’s Childers Recital Hall, 2455 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20059. The public is invited to observe and no registration is necessary (seating is first-come, first-served). Media who wish to attend this event should contact Liz Auclair atauclaire@arts.govor Ramzey L. Smith atramzey.smith@howard.edu.

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