National Endowment for the Arts

  1. Arts, Culture Add $500B to Nation's GDP (Report)

    December 05, 2013 4:24 PM EST Creative industries led by Hollywood account for about $504 billion, or at least 3.2 percent of U.S. goods and services, the government said in its first official measure of how the arts and culture affect the economy. On Thursday, the U.S. Bureau ...

  2. Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson, Eddie Palmieri To Receive 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Honors

    July 20, 2012 12:25 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Pianist-songwriter Mose Allison, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson and Latin jazz bandleader Eddie Palmieri have been chosen to receive the nation's highest jazz honor. The National Endowment for the Arts announced Wednesday the ...

  3. 'Polka King' Eddie Blazonczyk Dies At 70

    May 22, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Grammy Award-winning polka great Eddie Blazonczyk, who began playing the lively music in the 1950s and went on to earn the nickname "Polka King" after starting his own band and label, has died. He was 70. His record label, Bel-Aire Recor ...

  4. Ben Folds, Clay Walker Lobby Congress On Arts Advocay Day

    April 17, 2012 1:38 PM EDT Spread the word about Arts Advocacy Day 2012.Follow and share the hashtags: #AAD12 and #ovationtv - Clay Walker (@ClayWalker) April 17, 2012 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Celebrities and musicians including Ben Folds and Clay Walker visited Capitol Hill Tues ...

  5. Groundbreaking Jazz Manager John Levy Dies at 99

    January 23, 2012 9:54 PM EST ALTADENA, California - John Levy, the first prominent African-American personal manager in the jazz or pop music field, whose clients included Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis, has died at age 99. Devra Hall Levy posted on his website that her husban ...

  6. Sidney Cooper, Big Band and Studio Musician, Dies at 92

    July 19, 2011 8:20 PM EDT Big band and studio musician Sidney Cooper, who played woodwinds with some of the biggest names in the business including Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey, died Monday in Lake Worth, Fla. He was 92. His daughter Carole Cooper and her husband Richard ...

  7. Billy Taylor, Jazz Musician, Dies at 89

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Billy Taylor, a leading jazz musician and composer who introduced the genre to wider audiences as a TV broadcaster, teacher and booster of new talent, died Tuesday in New York of heart failure, age 89. The Kennedy Center for the performing arts in ...

  8. Jazz Singer Abbey Lincoln Dies

    August 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Abbey Lincoln, a jazz singer and songwriter known for her phrasing, emotion and uncompromising style, died Saturday in New York at age 80. She had been declining in health for the past year. Her death was confirmed by friend and filmmaker Carol Fr ...

  9. Jazz Pianist, Composer Hank Jones Dies At 91

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jazz pianist and composer Hank Jones, whose 70-year career included a stint as Ella Fitzgerald's pianist and Marilyn Monroe's accompanist when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, has died, his manager said M ...

  10. Francisco Aguabella Funeral To Be In Culver City

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Funeral services for Francisco Aguabella, the master conguero whose death was announced this week, will take place today (May 14) at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Calif. Aguabella died May 7 in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He ...

  11. Acclaimed Jazz Drummer Louis Bellson Dies

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Big band and jazz drummer Louie Bellson, a master musician who performed with such greats as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and his late wife, Pearl Bailey, has died. He was 84. Bellson died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L ...

  12. Jazz Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard Dies

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who played with legends such as John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey and Herbie Hancock, died today (Dec. 29) in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Hubbard, who had suffered a heart attack on Nov. 26, was 70. B ...

  13. Ivey To Assist In Obama Transition

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former director of the Country Music Foundation Bill Ivey has been selected to President-elect Barack Obama's transition team for arts and culture, according to the Tennessean . Currently director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and P ...

  14. Lauridsen Receives National Medal of Arts

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST President Bush has awarded classical composer Morten Lauridsen with the National Medal of Arts. His music is published by peermusic. Lauridsen's music occupies a permanent place in the standard vocal repertoire of the 20th Century. His seven ...

  15. Hispanic Women Power 25

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In selecting the 25 Hispanic Women in Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard focused exclusively on behind-the-scenes players within the film, TV and music industries and only included performers who are also active as producers, writ ...

  16. Influential Guitarist Etta Baker Dies

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT No cause of death was given. Etta Baker, an influential blues guitarist who recorded with Taj Mahal and was awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, has died, her family said. She was 93. No cause of death was given, but her health had be ...

  17. Jazz Saxophonist Jackie McLean Dead At 73

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Played with legends including Miles Davis. Jazz saxophonist Jackie McLean, a performer and teacher who played with legendary musicians including Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, died Friday. He was 73. McLean, a contemporary of some of the 20th cent ...

  18. Jerry Douglas Signs With CAA

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST To rep for touring, tv/movie soundtracks, more. Dobro virtuoso/composer/producer Jerry Douglas has signed with Creative Artists Agnecy. CAA will represent Douglas in touring, television and movie soundtracks, and projects for advertising and promo ...

  19. Parton, Marsalis To Be Honored In D.C.

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Among 2005 National Medal of Arts recipients. Singer Dolly Parton, saxophonist Pacquito D'Rivera and trumpeter/Lincoln Center artistic director Wynton Marsalis are among the ten recipients of the 2005 National Medal of Arts. The medals will b ...

  20. Lalo Guerrero Dead At 88

    March 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Prolific singer/songwriter/guitarist Lalo Guerrero, known as the "Father of Chicano Music," died March 17 in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 88. Prolific singer/songwriter/guitarist Lalo Guerrero, known as the "Father of Chicano Music,& ...

  21. Taylor, Douglas Receive Nat'l Heritage Honors

    May 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Veteran blues singer Koko Taylor and dobro don Jerry Douglas are among the 10 recipients of this year's National Heritage Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Veteran blues singer Koko Taylor and dobro don Jerry Douglas are a ...