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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NEA Jazz Master Herbie Hancock discusses the popularity of his 1961 jazz classic, "Watermelon Man."

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2008
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 16
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At age 15, 2007 NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods realized his dream: the opportunity to meet his idol, saxophonist Charlie Parker, at a club in New York ...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2008
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 18
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Writer Dan Morgenstern -- recipient of the NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy -- has had a soft spot for Billie Holiday since his college day...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2008
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 15
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Miles Davis and NEA Jazz Master Shirley Horn were not only close friends; they shared a similar musical style. They recorded "You Won't Forget Me"...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2008
  • Length: 01:29
  • Purchases: 18
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2007 NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis is probably best known for his 1965 surprise hit "The In-Crowd." The title track appeared on his trio's 17th alb...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2008
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 18
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NEA Jazz Master Marian McPartland and her trio played a long running gig at the Hickory House, a famous New York nightclub. Everyone used to stop ...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2008
  • Length: 01:59
  • Purchases: 19
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NEA Jazz Master Slide Hampton on the art of improvisation: "If you don't know how to improvise, you're gonna find yourself in a lot of stressful si...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2008
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 15
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NEA Jazz Master Buddy Defranco is known as "The Father of Bebop Clarinet." Defranco tells us it took a long time to achieve this status.

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2008
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 16
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Drummer and NEA Jazz Master Chico Hamilton talks about the interplay between performer and audience, performing with Duke Ellington, and touring du...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2008
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 15
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Thelonius Monk's vote of confidence helped NEA Jazz Master Abbey Lincoln develop into one of the best jazz singers and songwriters of our time.

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2008
  • Length: 01:29
  • Purchases: 8
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Jazz Master Dave Brubeck on US Jazz Ambassadors of the 1950s

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2008
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 17
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Dave Brubeck on the importance of Cultural Exchange

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2008
  • Length: 01:59
  • Purchases: 17
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Dave Brubeck reflects on the importance of jazz and foreign relations

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2008
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 18
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NEA Jazz Master Dave Brubeck on the Power of Music and Exchange.

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2008
  • Length: 01:29
  • Purchases: 15
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NEA Jazz Master Toots Thielemans on embracing New York City's 52nd Street

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  • Added: Oct 16, 2008
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 7
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NEA Jazz Master and Trumpeter Snooky Young Meets Louis Armstrong.

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2008
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 10
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NEA Jazz Master Snooky Young is arrested, falsely.

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2008
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 7

  • Added: Dec 16, 2008
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 6
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Toots Thielemans composed one of his best compositions in 1962. Bluesette!

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  • Added: Dec 16, 2008
  • Length: 01:30
  • Purchases: 6
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In 1967, NEA Jazz Master Snooky Young chose to play in the The Tonight Show band.

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  • Added: Dec 30, 2008
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 5