by Giovanni Russonello
Every year, the National Endowment for the Arts inducts a new crop of NEA Jazz Masters; the ceremony is always an amazing opportunity to celebrate some of jazz’s greatest heroes, and to hear performances from a wealth of other Jazz Masters. If you’re not in New York City you usually wouldn’t get to experience the concert and ceremony — but this Monday, CapitalBop is hosting a live webcast of the festivities at Twins Jazz. It’s free and open to the public. Come out to U Street, grab a drink, and hang out in a relaxed atmosphere with other D.C. jazz fans, musicians, journalists and aficionados.
The 2013 crop of jazz masters includes the Latin jazz piano revolutionary Eddie Palmieri, the soulful hard-bop saxophonist Lou Donaldson, the pianist and vocalist Mose Allison, and the Village Vanguard’s owner/manager, Lorraine Gordon. The ceremony’s concert will include performances from a redoubtable cast of past-inducted NEA Jazz Masters: Kenny Barron (2010), Ron Carter (1998), Jimmy Cobb (2009), Paquito D’Rivera (2005), Sheila Jordan (2012), Dave Liebman (2011), and Randy Weston (2001). Allison, Donaldson and Palmieri will also perform.
More info on this year’s awards is available at the NEA’s website. Don’t miss this opportunity to come hear some amazing music, witness a bright moment in jazz history, and hang with a group of fellow music lovers.