Washington, DC - Tickets for the National Endowment for the Arts 2012 Jazz Masters award ceremony and concert will be available to the public on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. The award ceremony and concert that each year recognizes the newest members of this elite group of jazz artists and will also celebrate 30 years of honoring the best of jazz.
The NEA Jazz Masters awards recognize outstanding musicians for their lifetime achievements and significant contributions to the development of jazz. The 2012 NEA Jazz Masters are drummer, keyboardist, and composer Jack DeJohnette; saxophonist Von Freeman; bassist, composer, and educator Charlie Haden; vocalist and educator Sheila Jordan; and educator, trumpeter, flugelhorn player, composer, and arranger Jimmy Owens, recipient of the 2012 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy.
The concert will be held on January 10, 2012 at 7:30pm at Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. In addition to the performances and award presentations, the evening will feature video tributes to each of the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters.
Tickets are free and can be reserved beginning November 1, 2011 either online at jalc.org/concerts or in person at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located at Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor. The box office is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm, as well as Sundays, 12pm to 6pm. Limit two tickets per person.
"We are pleased to be able to share what promises to be a sensational evening of jazz with audiences around the world," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "The webcast and radio broadcast will extend the event far beyond the concert hall, connecting these Americans legends to millions of listeners."
"Bringing together our community to celebrate the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters as well as the 30th anniversary of the nation's highest honor in jazz is a great privilege for Jazz at Lincoln Center," said Adrian Ellis, Executive Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center. "We hope jazz fans and newcomers alike will join us in this fantastic evening of music to honor those who have dedicated their lives to it. This event will be like no other."
Those unable to attend in person can enjoy the performance via live webcast at arts.gov and jalc.org at 7:30pm EST. The concert will be broadcast live on WBGO Jazz 88.3FM and SiriusXM Satellite Radio's Real Jazz Channel XM67. A video archive of the concert will also be available at arts.gov following the event.