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NEA names new group of jazz masters

From Associated Press

Former big band leader Artie Shaw is among seven artists who have been named National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters.

Since 1982, the endowment has awarded the title to a handful of living jazz musicians and promoters to recognize their contributions to the music form.

Those honored also include guitarist Kenny Burrell, clarinetist-saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, composer Slide Hampton, singer Shirley Horn, keyboardist Jimmy Smith and jazz impresario George Wein. The announcement was made Thursday at a gala hosted by Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Society.

The seven will officially receive their awards at a Jan. 7 concert and ceremony in Long Beach.

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