The 2018 NEA Jazz Masters are:
Joanne Brackeen – Pianist, Composer, Educator
Pat Metheny – Guitarist, Composer, Educator
Dianne Reeves – Vocalist
Todd Barkan – Club Owner, Producer, Artistic Programmer
They are receiving this honor for their lifetime achievements and exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz. Each will receive a $25,000 award and be honored at a tribute concert on April 16, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. at the Kennedy Center. It will be free and open to the public and will also be streamed live. More information on how to obtain tickets will be available in early 2018.