NEA announces 2024 Jazz Masters including Terence Blanchard and Gary Bartz

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has named Terence Blanchard, Willard Jenkins, Amina Claudine Myers, and Gary Bartz as the 2024 Jazz Masters.

Announcement details: The program, started in 1982, is a prestigious honor in jazz and this is its 42nd year.
* The NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson stated the significance of recognizing individuals whose creativity ensures the evolution of the art form.

Spotlight on the Masters: Each Jazz Master brings a unique and influential contribution to the field of jazz.
* Terence Blanchard, a New Orleans-born trumpeter and composer, made history in 2021 as the first Black composer to have an opera staged by the Metropolitan Opera. He has won multiple Grammys and a Peabody Medal.
* Willard Jenkins, another master, is known as a broadcaster, educator, and advocate in the field of jazz. His contributions to jazz span across different platforms, from hosting radio programs to editing jazz publications.
* Amina Claudine Myers, the third master, is notable for compositions drawing from her gospel background and collaborations with musicians globally.
* Finally, saxophonist Gary Bartz has had a prolific career, playing with various jazz stars, founding the Ntu Troop, and releasing more than 40 solo albums.

Next Steps: The 2024 NEA Jazz Masters will be honored at a ceremony on April 13, 2024, at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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