2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert
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2021 Jazz Masters Tribute Concert
National Endowment For the Arts

2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert

Thu, Apr 22 2021 | 5:00 PM
Live Streaming

Watch online Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 5 PM PT (8 PM ET) from arts.gov and sfjazz.org. This is a free event.

The National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with SFJAZZ, will host a special free online-only concert in honor of the 2021 NEA Jazz Masters—Terri Lyne Carrington, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Henry Threadgill and Phil Schaap. As with the 2020 Tribute Concert, the 2021 event will be a streamed virtual presentation featuring a stellar assemblage of jazz greats performing together in tribute to this year’s group of honorees. The host, music director, and participating artists will be announced over the coming weeks.

The 2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert will broadcast at 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET from arts.gov and SFJAZZ.orgA full list of broadcast partners will be announced at a later date.

An archive of the concert will be available following the event at arts.gov

You can join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NEAJazz21.

Honoring
Terri Lyne Carrington drummer, composer, educatorm & producer
Albert "Tootie" Heath percussionist, educator
Henry Threadgill saxophonist, flautist, composer
Phil Schaap archivist, educator, historian, and jazz radio host, recipient of the 2021 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy

ABOUT THE NEA JAZZ MASTERS
Since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded 161 fellowships to great figures in jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, Dianne Reeves, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, and George Wein. The Arts Endowment’s website features resources and content about them, including video biographies, and tribute concert videos, podcasts, and more than 350 NEA Jazz Moments audio clips.

For more information about the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters, visit arts.gov/honors/jazz.

Watch the 2020 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert

Terri Lyne Carrington

A powerhouse drummer in jazz since the 1980s, Carrington has also vigorously turned her attention over the last 15 years to empowering the next generation. With outstanding versatility, she excels as a composer, bandleader, producer, and educator. She is the founder and artistic director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, created to address gender equity in the jazz field and the role that jazz can play in the comprehensive struggle for social justice.

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Terri Lyne Carrington

A powerhouse drummer in jazz since the 1980s, Carrington has also vigorously turned her attention over the last 15 years to empowering the next generation. With outstanding versatility, she excels as a composer, bandleader, producer, and educator. She is the founder and artistic director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, created to address gender equity in the jazz field and the role that jazz can play in the comprehensive struggle for social justice.

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Albert "Tootie" Heath

The youngest of the three Heath Brothers, Albert “Tootie” Heath is the consummate jazz drummer, playing with seemingly everyone from John Coltrane to Ethan Iverson and performing on more than 100 recordings. Well-versed in various styles of jazz—including avant-garde, bop, and swing—he also delved into R&B, such as his work in the 1980s with his nephew Mtume; studied improvisation in North Indian classical music; and has been praised for his ability to imbue his personality into any repertoire.

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Albert "Tootie" Heath

The youngest of the three Heath Brothers, Albert “Tootie” Heath is the consummate jazz drummer, playing with seemingly everyone from John Coltrane to Ethan Iverson and performing on more than 100 recordings. Well-versed in various styles of jazz—including avant-garde, bop, and swing—he also delved into R&B, such as his work in the 1980s with his nephew Mtume; studied improvisation in North Indian classical music; and has been praised for his ability to imbue his personality into any repertoire.

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Henry Threadgill

Since the 1960s, Henry Threadgill has been on the leading edge of avant-garde jazz with his original compositions. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2016, one of only three jazz artists to win the prestigious award, and was long associated with the pioneering, Chicago-based Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). He has explored new worlds of composition and improvisation with a series of landmark ensembles, receiving a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Composition Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a United States Artists USA Fellowship, and a Doris Duke Artist Award (2016).

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Henry Threadgill

Since the 1960s, Henry Threadgill has been on the leading edge of avant-garde jazz with his original compositions. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2016, one of only three jazz artists to win the prestigious award, and was long associated with the pioneering, Chicago-based Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). He has explored new worlds of composition and improvisation with a series of landmark ensembles, receiving a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Composition Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a United States Artists USA Fellowship, and a Doris Duke Artist Award (2016).

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Phil Schaap

Phil Schaap’s encyclopedic knowledge of jazz music and history has served him well: outside of hosting jazz programs on Columbia University’s WKCR station in New York since 1970, he has won six GRAMMY Awards for his liner notes, audio engineering, and production. He became curator at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City where he created the Swing University educational program, which continues to offer public jazz listening and appreciation classes with the goal of increasing and cultivating audiences for the music.

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Phil Schaap

Phil Schaap’s encyclopedic knowledge of jazz music and history has served him well: outside of hosting jazz programs on Columbia University’s WKCR station in New York since 1970, he has won six GRAMMY Awards for his liner notes, audio engineering, and production. He became curator at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City where he created the Swing University educational program, which continues to offer public jazz listening and appreciation classes with the goal of increasing and cultivating audiences for the music.

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