The National Endowment for the Arts has introduced its 2022 class of Jazz Masters — and it represents a broad swath of the blues-based, boundary-pushing music that has been made in the final 50 years underneath the label of jazz.
The new Jazz Masters are the bassist Stanley Clarke, the drummer Billy Hart, the vocalist Cassandra Wilson and the saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr. They can be honored in April 2022, at a ceremony at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, the N.E.A. mentioned on Tuesday. The Jazz Masters award is the highest nationwide honor given to residing American jazz musicians, and comes with a $25,000 money prize.
Clarke, 70, is greatest generally known as a founding member of the seminal jazz-rock fusion band Return to Forever, although he has additionally loved a vibrant profession as a solo artist. Hart, 80, might be heard on timeless recordings by Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and others. In current many years, his quartet has typically been hailed as certainly one of the main bands in jazz.
Wilson’s husky, confiding vocal type and fervour for scrambling genres made her certainly one of the main jazz vocalists of the 1990s. Both Wilson, now 65, and Clarke are multi-Grammy winners.
Harrison grew up in New Orleans, immersed in the metropolis’s Black musical heritage, and after incomes nationwide recognition in the 1980s and 1990s he recommitted to cultivating his hometown scene by way of activism and schooling work. Harrison can be this 12 months’s recipient of the A.B. Spellman Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy, which the N.E.A. extra usually offers to non-musicians.