NEA Jazz Master Tribute Concert

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Wednesday April 14, 2021

Join the celebration of the 2021 NEA Jazz Masters as the National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with SFJAZZ, presents a virtual tribute concert in honor of Terri Lyne Carrington, Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath, Henry Threadgill, and Phil Schaap (2021 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy). The 2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert will take place on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater and actor Delroy Lindo will co-host this event, featuring recorded performances and tributes by acclaimed jazz musicians. The concert is free and available to watch online and via radio broadcast’“full details are below.

Update on April 9, 2021: The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to announce that the Second Gentleman of the United States Douglas Emhoff will provide opening remarks as part of the 2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert, discussing his personal connections to jazz and the art form’s connections to our nation’s past, present, and future.

With music director Miguel Zenón, the concert will include performances by NEA Jazz Masters Wynton and Jason Marsalis (2011) and Dianne Reeves (2018), as well as Obed Calvaire, Avishai Cohen, Roman Filiu, Vince Giordano, Christopher Hoffman, Joe Lovano, Pedrito Martinez, Dan Nimmer, Linda May Han Oh, Danilo Pérez, David Virelles, Lizz Wright, and the SFJAZZ High School All Stars. The event will also include video testimonials from NEA Jazz Masters Herbie Hancock (2004), Charles Lloyd (2015), and Wayne Shorter (1998), as well as Jon Faddis, Michelle Kinney, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, and James Mtume.

‘As part of our efforts to give all Americans access to the arts we are proud to partner with SFJAZZ on this virtual concert,’ said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. ‘It is an opportunity for audiences around the world to tune in and explore the honorees’ many contributions to jazz while also experiencing an evening of performances by an incredible line-up of jazz musicians.’

‘It is an honor to again partner with the NEA to celebrate these Jazz Masters,” says SFJAZZ Founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline. “We are looking forward to all of these artists and our global communities coming together to honor these legendary jazz masters for their profound contributions to our world.’

The concert will be webcast online on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT. on and, as well as the websites for All About Jazz and Jazz Near You, Berklee College of Music, BMI, The Carr Center, Jazz Institute of Chicago, Jazz Journalists Association, Jazz at Lincoln Center, JazzTimes, KKJZ, National Endowment for the Humanities, NPR Music, Smithsonian Jazz, WBGO, WDCB, WRTI. The concert will also be available via radio broadcast on SiriusXM Channel 67, Real Jazz, in California on KCSM 91.1FM, in Illinois on WDCB 90.9 FM, and in Washington, DC on WPFW 89.3 FM. (List of websites and radio broadcasts subject to change.) The concert webcast will be archived at

Stay tuned immediately following the concert for a Meet the Jazz Masters discussion with the 2021 honorees, hosted by SFJAZZ Founder & Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline.

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

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