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

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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NEA Jazz Master Chico Hamilton on First Gig with Duke Ellington' First Gig; Dedication to the Music; Racism; and Al Jackson.

Bought by WUSF, Harford Community Radio, KVSC, KBEM, and Delmarva Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 04, 2009
  • Length: 06:29
  • Purchases: 5
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NEA Jazz Master Jim Hall on Spiritual Awakening; Technique vs. Ideas; Bill Kirchner; Nat Hentoff; Pat Metheny; and Meeting Sonny Rollins

Bought by WUSF, Harford Community Radio, KVSC, KBEM, and Delmarva Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 04, 2009
  • Length: 08:28
  • Purchases: 5
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NEA Jazz Master Herbie Hancock on Branford Marsalis; Stefon Harris; Watermelon Man; and Becoming Interesting in Jazz.

Bought by WUSF, Harford Community Radio, KVSC, KBEM, Delmarva Public Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 04, 2009
  • Length: 05:30
  • Purchases: 6
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NEA Jazz Master Artie Shaw explains that "You do things that some people think are impossible, and that’s what separates the men from the boys."

Bought by WUSF, Harford Community Radio, KVSC, Delmarva Public Radio, and KTRL


  • Added: Dec 03, 2009
  • Length: :59
  • Purchases: 5
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NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis on Connecting to Audiences; and Pop.

Bought by WUSF, Harford Community Radio, KVSC, Delmarva Public Radio, and WCSU-FM


  • Added: Dec 03, 2009
  • Length: 02:00
  • Purchases: 5
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NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern on Remembering Fats Waller; Symphony Sid; Billy Holiday; Louis Armstrong and Arriving in the US.

Bought by WUSF, Harford Community Radio, KVSC, KBEM, and Delmarva Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 23, 2009
  • Length: 09:00
  • Purchases: 5
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NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi on Forming a Big Band; His First Inspiration; Bud Powell; and Remembering the Old days.

Bought by WUSF, Harford Community Radio, KVSC, KBEM, and Delmarva Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 23, 2009
  • Length: 05:30
  • Purchases: 5
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NEA Jazz Master Abbey Lincoln on "Freedom Now Suite"; and Spirit and Character

Bought by WUSF, Harford Community Radio, KVSC, Delmarva Public Radio, and KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: Nov 18, 2009
  • Length: 01:58
  • Purchases: 5
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NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Scott on Vultures; Approach; and Radio.

Bought by WUSF, Harford Community Radio, KVSC, KBEM, KCSM and more


  • Added: Nov 18, 2009
  • Length: 05:30
  • Purchases: 6
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NEA Jazz Master Slide Hamilton on his Improvision; Life Experience; Connecting with the Audience; and Family Band.

Bought by WUSF, Harford Community Radio, KVSC, and Delmarva Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 18, 2009
  • Length: 04:58
  • Purchases: 4
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NEA Jazz Master Buddy DeFranco on His First Influence; Jazz Contest; "Opus One"; Challenges of the Clarinet; Bepop; and Approaching a Performance.

Bought by WUSF, Harford Community Radio, KVSC, and Delmarva Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 17, 2009
  • Length: 09:24
  • Purchases: 4
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NEA Jazz Master on His Nickname; Musician's Personality; Ballads; and Mainstream Music.

Bought by WUSF, Harford Community Radio, KVSC, KBEM, and Delmarva Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 17, 2009
  • Length: 06:29
  • Purchases: 5
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NEA Jazz Master Shirley Horn describes her Musical Childhood; Her Influences; Her Collaboration with Miles Davis; and Her Collaboration with Carmen...

Bought by WUSF, Harford Community Radio, KVSC, KBEM, Delmarva Public Radio and more


  • Added: Nov 17, 2009
  • Length: 05:56
  • Purchases: 6
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NEA Jazz Master Frank Wess On His Early Life, Mother's Influence, Audience Interaction, Bassie's Leadership, and Playing with the Basie Family.

Bought by WUSF, Harford Community Radio, KVSC, KBEM, and Delmarva Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 02, 2009
  • Length: 06:30
  • Purchases: 5
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NEA Jazz Master Curtis Fuller on Tales of a Nun, The Tombone, Defining his Sound, "A Moment's Notice" and European Circus.

Bought by WUSF, Harford Community Radio, KVSC, KBEM, Delmarva Public Radio and more


  • Added: Nov 02, 2009
  • Length: 08:59
  • Purchases: 6
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SHE ENDURED THE CRITICISM. IT WAS 1959. BY THIS TIME, LINCOLN HAD ALREADY RECORDED SEVERAL ALBUMS AND EVEN HAD A SINGING ROLE IN A MOVIE. PIANIS...

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  • Added: Oct 30, 2009
  • Length: 01:29
  • Purchases: 6
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NEA JAZZ MASTER ABBEY LINCOLN DIDN’T PERFORM AS A SINGER UNTIL HIGH SCHOOL. SHE DIDN’T ACTUALLY ASPIRE TO PERFORM PROFESSIONALLY UNTIL SHE WAS DIS...

Bought by Harford Community Radio, KVSC, KBEM, and Delmarva Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 30, 2009
  • Length: 01:29
  • Purchases: 4
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THE LATE NEA JAZZ MASTER, ARTIE SHAW COMPOSED ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN SONGS OF THE 20TH CENTURY, BEGIN THE BEGUINE.

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  • Added: Oct 30, 2009
  • Length: 01:29
  • Purchases: 5
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NEA JAZZ MASTER ARTIE SHAW WAS THE SON OF IMMIGRANT PARENTS AND HUNG OUT ON THE STREETS OF NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT.

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  • Added: Oct 30, 2009
  • Length: :59
  • Purchases: 6
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NEA JAZZ MASTER ARTIE SHAW WAS ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF PLAYING HIS CLARINET. BUT HE NEVER REALLY CARED MUCH ABOUT THE BUSINESS SIDE OF MUSIC.

Bought by WUSF, Harford Community Radio, KVSC, KBEM, Delmarva Public Radio and more


  • Added: Oct 30, 2009
  • Length: :59
  • Purchases: 6