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NEA Announces 2011 Jazz Masters

The National Endowment of the Arts announced its 2011 Jazz Masters yesterday evening, an honor that comes with an award of $25,000 and a ceremonial concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The recipients are flutist Hubert Laws, saxophonist Dave Liebman, composer Johnny Mandel, the musicians of the Marsalis family — Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, Jason and father Ellis — and record producer Orrin Keepnews. The awards go out annually to living legends of the music; the agency calls it "the nation's highest honor in this distinctly American music." The NEA website has more information. [NEA: 2011 Jazz Masters]


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