BLU NOTES
Larry Blumenfeld on jazz and other sounds

BLU NOTES: Larry Blumenfeld on jazz and other sounds

NEA Embraces Jazz Mastery

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Pianists Eddie Palmieri (left) and McCoy Tyner, both NEA Jazz Masters, embrace. Photo: Michael G. Stewart/NEA

If you’ve ever stood courtside before an NBA game, you know the feeling. What grips you isn’t speed, strength, agility or shooting touch, but simply scale. It’s something—a feeling simultaneously humbling and inspiring—to be close to a team of towering figures.

The Jazz Masters assembled at Dizzy’s, the nightclub within Manhattan’s Jazz at Lincoln Center complex, were mostly sitting and mainly between between the ages of 70 and 90 on Monday night at the annual National Endowment for the Arts ceremony and concert in their honor, but I got that same feeling. Up close, together, these figures seem ever more towering. The full story, plus a slideshow of photos, is here.

Image: Michael G. Stewart/NEA (Others from the event can be viewed here)

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  1. [...] at a January ceremony and concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which will be webcast. (Here’s my report on the 2013 ceremony.) In a press release, Joan Shigekawa, the organization’s acting chairwoman, [...]

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