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Kenny Barron

REVIEW: Kenny Barron Trio, 'Book of Intuition,' impulse! Records >>

Every year since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) names who it feels are Jazz Masters. Pianist/composer Kenny Barron, 72, was awarded his in 2010. His 40+ albums as a leader, his hundreds of sessions and concerts-most notably in the bands of Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz-make this Philadelphia native the perfect NEA pick. On 'Book Of Intuition,' he performs like the master he is.

Karen Finley

Karen Finley Addresses AIDS Crisis in 'Written in Sand' >>

The controversial performance artist returns with a collection of works from the peak of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and '90s.

UPDATE: National Endowment for the Arts' Jazz Masters Ceremony Concert (feat. Anthony Braxton!) >>

TONIGHT: The National Endowment for the Arts' Jazz Masters concert will be broadcast as scheduled.

LIVESTREAM: 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert >>

This year's NEA Jazz Masters--pianist Keith Jarrett, composer Anthony Braxton, bassist Richard Davis and educator Jamey Aebersold--will be honored at the annual NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony and Concert on Monday, January 13. For the fourth consecutive year, viewers can watch a live webcast of the event at or

READ: National Endowment for the Arts December 2013 Grant Announcement...All 154 Pages!

The Column: Stingy National Endowment for the Arts Awards! >>

The newly announced funding awards from the National Endowment for the Arts are as shockingly small as ever.

WATCH: Soprano Martina Arroyo, Pianist Herbie Hancock Honored at 2013 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington >>

The theme continued when Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic member of the nation's highest court, introduced opera diva Arroyo. The daughter of a Puerto Rican father and an African-American mother, Arroyo grew up in an unlikely place for a future opera star: New York City's Harlem neighborhood.

Pianist Herbie Hancock and Soprano Martina Arroyo Awarded 2013 Kennedy Center Honors >>

On Thursday, jazz pianist/composer Herbie Hancock and operatic soprano Martina Arroyo were named as recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors--one of the United States' top cultural awards.

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