The Kennedy Center

The National Endowment for the Arts honors five jazz leaders--vocalist and broadcaster Dee Dee Bridgewater; author, editor, producer, and educator Ira Gitler; bassist, cellist, composer, and bandleader Dave Holland; keyboardist, composer, and arranger Dick Hyman; and organist and composer Dr. Lonnie Smith--at a free concert. Musicians ranging from NEA Jazz Master Lee Konitz and renowned vocalist Dianne Reeves, to Hammond B-3 artist Matthew Whitaker (a 15-year-old protégé of Dr. Lonnie Smith) perform.

The tribute concert includes remarks by the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters (representing Ira Gitler will be his son, Fitz Gitler); as well as Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts; Deborah F. Rutter, president of the Kennedy Center; Jason Moran, pianist and Kennedy Center artistic director for Jazz; NEA Jazz Masters Dan Morgenstern and Kenny Barron; jazz and film critic Gary Giddins; and National Medal of Arts recipient and Kennedy Center Honoree Jessye Norman.

The concert includes performances by NEA Jazz Masters Paquito D'Rivera and Lee Konitz, as well as Bill Charlap, Theo Croker, Aaron Diehl, Robin Eubanks, James Genus, Donald Harrison, Booker T. Jones, Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Jazz Orchestra, Peter Martin, Mike Moreno, China Moses, Steve Nelson, Kassa Overall, Chris Potter, Dianne Reeves, Nate Smith, Dan Tepfer, and Matthew Whitaker.

Performance Timing: 90 minutes, with no intermission.