Virtual Tribute Concert To Honor 2021 NEA Jazz Masters

March 20, 2021

The National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with SFJAZZ, will present a virtual tribute concert on Thursday, April 22 at 8 p.m. ET, in honor of the 2021 NEA Jazz Masters: drummers Teri Lyne Carrington and Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath, saxophonist Henry Threadgill, and radio personality/historian Phil Schaap. Opening remarks will be delivered by Doug Emhoff, Second Gentleman of the United States.

Co-hosted by NEA Jazz Master vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and actor Delroy Lindo, the event will feature recorded performances and tributes by a variety of jazz musicians including trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, vocalist Dianne Reeves, and bandleader Vince Giordano. There will also be video testimonials by pianist Herbie Hancock and saxophonists Charles Lloyd and Wayne Shorter, among others.

The concert, which is free, will be webcast online on and as well as on several websites such as,, and

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. SFJAZZ, founded in 1983, is a recognized international leader in jazz creation, presentation, and education.

Photo: Teri Lyne Carrington

Photo Credit: Photo by Jack Watson

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