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.