The National Endowment for the Arts will sponsor its annual NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert on October 17, 2008, at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The event will begin at 8 p.m. in Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center at Broadway at 60th Street and feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a program dedicated to the honorees' works. The concert also will include brief video biographies on each 2009 NEA Jazz Master.
In addition, a pre-concert conversation with the 2009 NEA Jazz Masters moderated by NEA Chairman Dana Gioia will be held at 6:15 p.m. in Rose Theater. The conversation will explore the careers, influences, and ideas from the Masters' experiences in jazz. Each year, this conversation with the Masters is an occasion for light moments, stories, and personal insights from six distinguished lives in music.
Earlier that day, the NEA Jazz Masters from past and current classes will gather for an extraordinary photo opportunity. More information on this photo opportunity will be available at a later date.
The 2009 NEA Jazz Masters include: vocalist and guitarist George Benson, drummer James Wilbur "Jimmy" Cobb, saxophonist Lee Konitz, harmonica and guitar player Jean-Baptiste "Toots" Thielemans, and trumpeter Eugene Edward "Snooky" Young. The A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Master Award for Jazz Advocacy is awarded to recording engineer Rudolph "Rudy" Van Gelder.
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