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Tonight: Stream the 2020 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert on WRTI.org!


The National Endowment for the Arts will honor it's 2020 class of Jazz Masters virtually, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony and concert, originally set to take place in April, will be available online at 8 PM on Thursday, August 20th, and you can watch it right here.

The NEA partnered with SFJAZZ, which is the site of the presentation. This year's honorees are vocalist Bobby McFerrin, jazz advocate Dorthaan Kirk, Phialdelphia bassist Reggie Workman and saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, and the event will be hosted by 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Performances will come from all over the globe, and will feature fabulous artists including Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian McBride, James Carter, Lisa Fisher, and many others. McFerrin, Mitchell and Workman are slated to perform as well, along with Ms. Bridgewater.

Immediately following the concert, SFJAZZ Founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline will host an online discussion with the honorees that will feature and interactive Q & A segment.

Maureen began her radio career at WRTI in 1999 while studying broadcasting at Temple University. Determined to make it in the entertainment industry, she took advantage of all the creative opportunities presented to her at WRTI - she hosted the overnight jazz broadcasts through her entire college career, she was an arts and culture reporter, and she soaked up the jazz biz from her many WRTI mentors.