Join the Kennedy Center and National Endowment for the Arts for a rousing concert honoring
the esteemed recipients of the 2023 NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship: violinist Regina Carter,
saxophonist Kenny Garrett, and drummer Louis Hayes—as well as Sue Mingus,
recipient of the 2023 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy, who passed
away in September 2022.
Hosted by Mark Ruffin of SiriusXM’s Real Jazz channel (67), this
one-night-only concert will feature performances by honorees Regina Carter, Kenny Garrett, and
Louis Hayes. Additional performers include Rudy Bird, Michael Bowie, Keith Brown, Ronald Bruner,
Abraham Burton, Adam Cruz, Dezron Douglas, Kalia Ferretti, Alvester Garnett, Sarah Hanahan,
David Hazeltine, Corcoran Holt, Steve Nelson, Shawn Purcell, Melvis Santa, Helen Sung, Camille
Thurman, and the String Queens—Dawn Michelle Johnson, Kendall Isadore, and Elise Sharp. (Performers
subject to change.)
The concert will also include video tributes to the honorees, illuminating their lives and
careers, as well as remarks by NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD; President of the Kennedy
Center Deborah F. Rutter; honorees Regina Carter, Kenny Garrett, and Louis Hayes; and Roberto
and Emma Ungaro, representing honoree Sue Mingus.
The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship is the nation’s highest honor in jazz. Each year since 1982, the
program has elevated to its ranks a select number of living legends who have made exceptional
contributions to the advancement of jazz. For more information, read a brief
history of the program.
Student Master Class with 2023 NEA Jazz Master Kenny Garrett
On Thursday, March 30 from 12:30–2:00 p.m., 2023 NEA Jazz Master Kenny
Garrett will conduct a master class with Howard University student musicians at Howard
University’s Childers Recital Hall, 2455 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20059. The public is
invited to observe, and no registration is necessary (seating is first-come, first-served).
NPR Listening Party with the 2023 NEA Jazz Masters
On Saturday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m., NPR will host a listening party in honor of
the 2023 NEA Jazz Masters at their headquarters at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE,
Washington, DC, 20002. Hosted by NPR’s Felix Contreras, this event will include
conversations with and about the NEA Jazz Masters, using music from their careers to tell
the stories of their lives. This event is free and open to the public, but tickets