Jazz legend Dan Morgenstern subject of NEA Art:Works grant

Texas State University

Texas State University’s Hank Hehmsoth, associate professor in the School of Music, and Keith Winking, professor in the School of Music, have received a National Endowment for the Arts 2018-19 Art:Works grant.

The $25,000 grant will support a “Reminiscences of NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern” event. The project will capture Morgenstern’s first-hand recollections and decades-spanning scholarly research on early jazz and bands, as well as prominent individual artists, their respective styles and notable innovations. 

Interviews will be held at the Harlem National Jazz Museum with three of the world’s most respected international jazz scholars, including Loren Schoenberg, founder and senior scholar with the Harlem National Jazz Museum; Phil Schaap, curator for jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City; and 89-year-old Dan Morgenstern, NEA Jazz Master, and founder of the Rutgers Institute for Jazz Studies.

Audio and video recordings of the interviews will be archived and made available free-of-charge to educators, radio stations and the public, and will be featured on a dedicated website.

The award marks Hehmsoth’s second NEA grant, the first coming in 1979.

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