The National Endowment for the Arts just announced their 2010 Jazz Masters recipients–and it’s an impressive list. Making the cut this year are:
- Muhal Richard Abrams
- Kenny Barron
- Bill Holman
- Bobby Hutcherson
- Yusef Lateef
- Annie Ross
- Cedar Walton
- …and last but certainly not least, producer, manager, and critic George Avakian will receive the 2010 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy.
Can’t argue with a single name on that roster. It’s particularly satisfying to see Abrams and Holman getting this recognition.
- Jazz researcher Mike Fitzgerald says this year’s number of award winners is the highest ever.