The National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with SFJAZZ, will host a special online-only concert in honor of the 2020 NEA Jazz Masters—Dorthaan Kirk, Bobby McFerrin, Roscoe Mitchell, and Reggie Workman. 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater will emcee this premier event coordinated by Musical Director, drummer, and composer Terri Lyne Carrington, which will include performances by acclaimed jazz musicians—including honorees McFerrin, Mitchell, and Workman—recorded from locations around the country. The 2020 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert is free to watch, and will replace the previously-scheduled concert at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco that was postponed due to COVID-19.
The concert will feature remarks by the 2020 NEA Jazz Masters, as well as Chairman Mary Anne Carter and Randall Kline, Founder and Executive Artistic Director of SFJAZZ. In addition to the musician honorees, performers include Ambrose Akinmusire, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Christian McBride, Lisa Fischer, James Carter, Vincent Davis, Gerald Clayton, Morgan Guerin, Oliver Lake, Jevon McFerrin, Madison McFerrin, Taylor McFerrin, Kanoa Mendenhall, Junius Paul, and Steve Turre, as well as the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars.
Artists subject to change
The 2020 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert will broadcast at 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET from arts.gov and SFJAZZ.org, as well as from the websites for All About Jazz and Jazz Near You, BMI, Inc., the National Endowment for the Humanities, NPR Music, Smithsonian Jazz, Voice of America’s Khmer, Chinese, and Tibetan services, KQED, Jazz Times, and WBGO. The concert will also be available via radio broadcast in California on KCSM 91.1 FM and in Washington, DC on WPFW 89.3 FM.
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 #NEAJazz2020.