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Wayne Shorter has been a busy fellow.  The 10-Grammy winner just announced his next project, accompanied on several tracks by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.  His band: Danilo Perez on piano, John Patitucci on bass, and Brian Blade on drums.  Hang on to your hat!  Reviewer Nate Chinen calls it “multi-verse inspired.”  The three-CD set called “Emanon” will be released with a graphic novel – the cosmic hero story ties in with the music -and Blue Note is releasing an LP edition with 18

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Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the four newest recipients of their lifetime honor, The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships. The members of the 2019 class are: composer Maria Schneider, jazz historian Stanley Crouch, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, and the late vocalist Bob Dorough.

Recipients are chosen based on their contributions to jazz. Becoming an NEA Jazz Master is the highest honor to receive in jazz. Congratulations to the class of 2019!

The 2018 Doris Duke Artist Awards for jazz go to… NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater, violinist Regina Carter and vibraphonist Stefon Harris.  It’s akin to the MacArthur genius grant, with a $250,000 flexible fund for their creative endeavors, and an extra $25,000 for retirement savings, something many jazz artists do not have. LINK: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

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KUVO’s Mindi McNeil reports that the childhood home of music legend Nina Simone has been named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The tiny three-room in Tryon, North Carolina is 88-years-old and stands vacant.  



This week the National Trust for Historic Preservation designated the childhood home of music legend Nina Simone as a National Treasure.

The vacant tiny three-room 88-year-old home located at Thirty East Livingston Street in Tryon, NC was one of a few homes that the singer lived in during her childhood. While living in this home Simone started playing piano at the age of three and made public performances at the Methodist Church where her father preached.