June 25, 2010
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced that the Marsalis family is among its 2011 Jazz Masters Award recipients.
The Marsalis family includes pianist Ellis Marsalis, the patriarch of the family and his four sons: saxophonist Branford, trumpeter Wynton, trombonist Delfeayo, and drummer Jason. It’s the first time in the program’s 29-year history, that the NEA is presenting a group award.
Besides the first family of jazz the other 2010 Jazz Masters are flutist Hubert Laws, saxophonist and flutist David Liebman, composer and arranger Johnny Mandel, and writer and record producer Orrin Keepnews. Each award comes with $25,000.
Congratulating the artists, Chairman Landesman said “Their works of art have delighted and challenged us, illuminated our sense of the world, and refreshed our understanding of what is possible.”
The annual awards ceremony and concert will be held on January 11, 2011 in New York at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.