jueves, 16 de enero de 2014

NEA 2014 Jazz Masters’ investiture photo gallery

Jamey Abersold’s “Ornithology” onstage at the Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center; photo by Sánta István Csaba
Anthony Braxton; photo by Sánta István Csaba
Soledad O’Brien

However, many controversies could arise from the program. The most notable within the Allen Room itself as the evening unfolded concerned new Jazz Master Anthony Braxton’s 40+ minute peroration. I’ve followed Braxton’s music for more than 40 years, and wonder what else than a long, spirited, self-referential improvised speech one could expect from a musician whose first record release, For Alto, was a two-LP set of solo sax improvisations? If a stage manager had wanted Braxton to conclude, co-MC Soledad O’Brien could have easily been asked to step up and help Braxton offstage. But the producer’s advance message to each Master receiving their Award was: “It’s your show . . .”
Prior to the program that was streamed, many formerly inducted Jazz Masters participated in a group photo:
rear row, from l. – Randy Weston, Jamey Aebersold, Anthony Braxton, Keith Jarrett, Richard Davis
2nd row: Eddie Palmieri, Dave Liebman, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jimmy Owens, Dan Morgenstern, Kenny Barron
Front row: Candido, Annie Ross, Jason Marsalis, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Heath, David Baker
at side: NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa
 It was more fun to meet the Masters up close and personal –
Richard David, bassist
Jamey Aebersold, saxophonist and educator
Keith Jarrett, improvising pianist

Eddie Palmieri
Cecil Taylor, pianist
from l.: Annie Ross, Dave Liebman, Jon Hendricks, Jimmy Owens, Sheila Jordan

Music highlights included a beautiful rendition of the late Master Frank Wess’ composition “Placidtude” –
Jimmy Owens and Kenny Barron playing a piece by the late Frank Wess at the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters ceremony
Jimmy Owens and Kenny Barron
Joe Lovano and young musicians drawn from JALC circles performed “Blue Bossa” by the late Jazz Master Kenny Dorham –
bassist Yasushi Nakamura, Lovano, drummer Mark Whitfield Jr. 
Jimmy Heath and Melissa Aldana, winner of the 2013 Thelonious Monk saxophone competition, ended the event with Heath’s “New Picture” –
Melissa Aldana and Jimmy Heath
 Wynton Marsalis,   Jazz Master and JALC managing/artistic director, co-hosted the program –

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