Jazz Masters Moments

Series produced by National Endowment for the Arts

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NEA Jazz Masters Moments highlight the jazz greats honored through the NEA Jazz Masters, a comprehensive program of jazz support.

NEA Jazz Masters Moments highlight the jazz greats honored through the NEA Jazz Masters, a comprehensive program of jazz support that includes the NEA Jazz Masters Award, an NEA Jazz Masters tour with performances and educational activities, radio programming, a compilation CD, educational resources, and publications and reports. Nearly 100 radio segments feature eighteen NEA Jazz Masters, providing musical samples, historical information, and first-person anecdotes designed to give listeners added insight into the artists and their art.

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130 Pieces

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Guitar genius and NEA Jazz Master Pat Metheny talks about Song X with Ornette Coleman, his first album, Bright Size Life, and guitar improvisation.

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2019
  • Length: 02:57
  • Purchases: 2
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NEA Jazz Master and owner of the NEW Keystone Korner in Baltimore, Todd Barkan talks about starting Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at JALC, his latin jazz ...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2019
  • Length: 03:57
  • Purchases: 2
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NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen is the only female to join Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and talks working with Stan Getz.

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2019
  • Length: 02:58
  • Purchases: 2
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Dianne Reeves sings "Dreams" with Robert Glasper, steps into Ella's shoes, and knows Today Will Be a Good Day.

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2019
  • Length: 03:57
  • Purchases: 2
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Metheny grew up in a musical family, starting on trumpet at the age of eight and switching to guitar a few years later. By age 15 he was mentored b...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2018
  • Length: 03:27
  • Purchases: 6
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Whatever the musical setting—whether solo, duo, trio, quartet, or quintet—pianist Joanne Brackeen's unique style of playing commands attention. In ...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2018
  • Length: 03:27
  • Purchases: 5
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Dianne Reeves can effortlessly sing in whatever style she wants with her far-reaching range, whether it’s rhythm-and-blues, gospel, Latin or pop. B...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2018
  • Length: 02:28
  • Purchases: 7
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In these moments, we hear from the ambitious jazz presenter, club owner, and producer, Todd Barkan. The man seems to know everyone and everything.

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  • Added: Mar 07, 2018
  • Length: 03:27
  • Purchases: 5
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In these moments, we learn about the (soulful) power of the organ, especially in the hands of Dr. Lonnie Smith.

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2017
  • Length: 02:57
  • Purchases: 6
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In these moments, we learn some cool facts about one of the best piano innovators of all time, NEA Jazz Master Dick Hyman.

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2017
  • Length: 02:57
  • Purchases: 6
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Jazz historians and his own son, Fitz, share why writer and jazz adovcate, Ira Gitler is a Jazz Master.

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2017
  • Length: 01:58
  • Purchases: 6
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In these short pieces, Dee Dee talks about scatting, her big break, and studying the moves of Betty Carter.

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2017
  • Length: 03:27
  • Purchases: 6
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Three short moments celebrating 2017 NEA Jazz Master, Dave Holland.

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2017
  • Length: 03:27
  • Purchases: 6
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"You can play notes, but if you don't put anything in the notes, that's what it is...just notes." - Pharoah Sanders.

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2016
  • Length: 02:57
  • Purchases: 5
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As a composer and a horn player, Archie Shepp is a consummate innovator, never ceasing to push music forward.

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2016
  • Length: 02:57
  • Purchases: 6
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Wendy Oxenhorn says "musicians and their records have saved our lives time and time again. We owe them the services they need to age well."

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2016
  • Length: 03:27
  • Purchases: 5
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Vibraphonist Gary Burton is famous for his trailblazing four-mallet technique and his decades-long collaboration with Chick Corea.

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2016
  • Length: 03:57
  • Purchases: 7
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2015 NEA Jazz Master Joe Segal lives and breathes for jazz and it shows. For nearly 70 years, he's been presenting incredible musicians, many of wh...

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2015
  • Length: 03:27
  • Purchases: 7
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A born innovator, musician Charles Lloyd has been on the path to NEA Jazz Master for decades. In these Moments, he talks about growing up surrounde...

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2015
  • Length: 02:57
  • Purchases: 7
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2015 NEA Jazz Master George Coleman shares stories about playing with NEA Heritage Fellow, BB King, falling in love with Charlie Parker, and learni...

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2015
  • Length: 03:27
  • Purchases: 7