BMI is proud to announce that renowned jazz pianist Joanne Brackeen and guitar legend Pat Metheny will receive the nation’s highest honor in jazz when they become NEA Jazz Masters in April 2018. Both composers, educators and performers are receiving this honor for their lifetime achievements and exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz – Brackeen for her captivating and complex improvisations – and Metheny for reinventing the traditional sound of jazz guitar with his improvisational insight and musicality.
Each will receive a $25,000 award and be honored at a tribute concert at the Kennedy Center’s concert hall on Monday, April 16, 2018, in Washington, DC. The concert will be free and open to the public, with more information on how to obtain tickets available in early 2018. The performance will also be streamed live. Check back on bmi.com for updates and don’t miss it!