Jazz Masters

for National Endowment for the Arts

The Jazz Masters Fellowship is the highest honor that our nation bestows on jazz artists. Each year since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) program has elevated to its ranks a select number of living legends who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz. 

The National Endowment for the Arts' Jazz Masters Fellowship is the highest honor that the United States bestows on jazz artists. In 2015 and 2017, 1504 traveled across the country to produce these tribute films and created the edits with a mix of on-camera interview, archival material and other present-day footage

The 2017 Jazz Masters inductees were Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dick Hyman, Dave Holland, and Ira Gitler. These short bio-films were screened at the awards ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The 2015 Jazz Masters inductees were Carla Bley, George Coleman, Charles Lloyd, and Joe Segal. These short bio-films were screened at the awards ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Content

Scriptwriting

Video Production

Video Editing

Film Production

Film Editing

Multimedia Storytelling

Story Development

Strategy

Content Consulting

Concept Development

Digital Marketing Campaign

Identity Development

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Architecture

Copywriting

Art Direction

Design Management

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Credits

Directors: Tyler Jones, Nick Michael

Executive Producer: Eugenia Han (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Don Ball (NEA)

Editors: Tyler Jones, Nick Michael, Mark Slagle, Rachel Ashley, Chris Parks

Sound Engineer: Eric Chapman, Symmetric Sound

Camera Operators: Collin Diederich, Tyler Jones, Olivia Merrion, Mark Slagle, Elle Wildhagen, Rachel Ashley, John Picklap, Kathleen Flynn, Chris Parks

Interviewer: Josephine Reed (NEA)