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December 16, 2005

NEA NAMES 2006 JAZZ MASTERS

Written by
cindy mcleod

Brilliant Latin-jazz percussionist Ray Barretto, vocalist extraordinaire Tony Bennett, master arranger-composer Bob Brookmeyer, multidimensional keyboardist Chick Corea, clarinet virtuoso Buddy DeFranco, blazing trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, and history-making manager John Levy will receive the nation’s highest honor in their art form: designation as National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters.

The gala awards concert held in New York January 13, 2006, will feature Ramsey Lewis and Nancy Wilson as masters of ceremonies. Musical tributes to the new inductees will include performances by the Count Basie Orchestra and the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, with arrangements by Frank Foster.

The event is a highlight of this 40th anniversary year of the annual conference of the International Association for Jazz Education. The world’s largest gathering of the global jazz community, the conference brings together some 7,000 educators, musicians, recording executives, exhibitors, journalists, and jazz enthusiasts.

Each year since 1982, through the NEA Jazz Masters program, the National Endowment for the Arts has honored a select number of living legends who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz. www.nea.gov

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