Old Friends, Deep Truths and New Music at the Annual NEA Jazz Masters Awards

NEA Chairman Jane Chu with 2015 NEA Jazz Masters Charles Lloyd, Carla Bley, George Coleman, and Joe Segal at the NEA Jazz Masters Reunion Luncheon, hosted by BMI. Photo by Michael G. Stewart

I checked neither raincoat nor briefcase on my way into Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall for the annual National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award Ceremony and Concert.
But I did check my cynicism—I always do for this thing.
My thoughts and some excerpts from the acceptance speeches here.