NEA award Wendy Oxenhorn

2016 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert

Monday, April 4, 2016

Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

Info on Tickets and Live Streaming...


The National Endowment for the Arts will honor four jazz leaders--vibraphonist, bandleader, and educator Gary Burton; musician's advocate Wendy Oxenhorn; saxophonist and composer Pharoah Sanders; and saxophonist, composer, and educator Archie Shepp--at a free concert hosted by Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran and featuring performances by NEA Jazz Masters Randy Weston and Jimmy Heath, as well as Ambrose Akinmusire, Lakecia Benjamin, Stefon Harris, Justin Kauflin, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Jason Moran, Linda Oh, Roswell Rudd, and others. The concert will also be available in a live video stream at,, and

The NEA Jazz Masters award is the highest honor that our nation bestows on living legend jazz musicians in recognition of their lifetime achievements and exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz.

"This Award means so much to me because this Music is deep. It's not only the chance to recognize the struggles of the artists who paved the way for all of America's original music, and who still struggle today, but it is important never to forget how this Music was created.  These sounds were born out of the deepest struggle of all; the inhuman atrocities that man inflicted upon man;  12 million children, grandparents, husbands and wives taken from villages brought across an ocean, where two million did not even survive the journey. Only to land in this country and be treated with such unGodly acts and tortures that were inflicted upon the young and old alike... and these atrocities lasted for 250 years! 

And what was their response? Not violence, no mass retaliation and bloodshed, instead these spiritually evolved People created a Music to lift them to a freedom and peace within themselves that would allow them to endure living in what they were forced to survive;  the "Civilized" World!

 How ironic that the Music they created ended up becoming the very Gospel, Blues, Jazz, R & B, Pop, Soul, Rock n’ Roll & Hip Hop that got us through our darkest hours for the last 100 years… 

I dedicate this Award to all the people who suffered to create this Gift of Love & freedom for a weary world that needs Its Healing. " - Wendy Oxenhorn


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