A free concert honoring the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m in the Concert Hall.
The National Endowment for the Arts will honor 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) will perform.
Scheduled performers include NEA Jazz Masters Paquito D’Rivera and Lee Konitz, plus Dianne Reeves, Bill Charlap, Peter Martin, Donald Harrison, Chris Potter, Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Jazz Orchestra, Aaron Diehl and more. Speakers at the event include the 2017 Jazz Masters (with Ira Gitler represented by his son, Fitz Gitler) as well as NEA chairman Jane Chu, Kennedy Center artistic director for jazz Jason Moran, NEA Jazz Masters Dan Morgenstern and Kenny Barron and others.
Up to four free tickets per household may be reserved by visiting the Kennedy Center box office in person, by calling 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 or through the official Kennedy Center website. The performance will also be streamed live at arts.gov and npr.org/music.