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2018 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert

Monday, April 16, 2018 8:00 PM

Jazz

The National Endowment for the Arts will honor the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters—pianist, composer, and educator Joanne Brackeen; guitarist, composer, and educator Pat Metheny; vocalist Dianne Reeves; and club owner, producer, and artistic programmer Todd Barkan—with a free concert hosted by Jason Moran.
Please see update below regarding reservations for this event.

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RESERVATIONS UPDATE AS OF 3/9: Reservations for this event are filled and have closed. Please check back online regularly in the event that reservations open again. Tickets will be available the night of the concert on a first-come, first-served basis to those in a giveaway line. Patrons are encouraged to arrive from 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. to receive tickets via the giveaway line.

Please note: If you or a member of your party requires accessible locations or seating in the sign-interpreted and captioned section, please indicate your needs when making your reservation and upon picking up your tickets. Please contact the Accessibility Office at 202-416-8727 or access@kennedy-center.org if you have any questions or would like to request for an accommodation.

The National Endowment for the Arts will honor the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters—pianist, composer, and educator Joanne Brackeen; guitarist, composer, and educator Pat Metheny; vocalist Dianne Reeves; and club owner, producer, and artistic programmer Todd Barkan—with a free concert.

The concert will be hosted by Jason Moran, pianist and Kennedy Center artistic director for jazz, and include remarks by the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters, as well as Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and Deborah F. Rutter, president of the Kennedy Center.

Enjoy performances by Terri Lyne Carrington, Nir Felder, Sullivan Fortner, James Francies, Pasquale Grasso, Gilad Hekselman, Angelique Kidjo, Christian McBride, Camila Meza, NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri and the Eddie Palmieri Sextet, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Antonio Sanchez, Helen Sung, and Dan Wilson.

The 2018 NEA Jazz Masters are recognized for their lifetime achievements and exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz, joining a rich legacy of Jazz Masters including Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, and Chick Corea.

An archive of the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert, which also took place at the Kennedy Center and included a performance by Dianne Reeves, is available here.