Mose Allison performing with Seattle bassist Phil Sparks. Photo by Daniel Sheehan

Washington, DC – Dizzy Gillespie. Count Basie. Ella Fitzgerald. Herbie Hancock. Names of the greatest purveyors of America’s homegrown art form, jazz-and all NEA Jazz Masters. Today, the National Endowment for the Arts adds four new names to the list with the announcement of the 2013 NEA Jazz Masters. Like the 124 honorees who came before them, these four individuals are recognized for their lifetime achievements and significant contributions to the development and performance of jazz.They will each receive a one-time award of $25,000.

The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters are:

Mose Allison – pianist, vocalist, composer

Lou Donaldson – saxophonist

*Lorraine Gordon – jazz club owner

Eddie Palmieri – pianist, bandleader, arranger, composer

* Lorraine Gordon is the recipient of the 2013 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy, which is bestowed upon an individual who has contributed significantly to the appreciation, knowledge, and advancement of the art form of jazz.

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