Masters On Masters

Honoring NEA Jazz Masters Recipients

We’re pleased to present Masters on Masters – a tribute to NEA Jazz Masters recipients JJ Johnson, Joe Henderson and Jackie McLean – with conversations and live performances.
Weaving together narrative, three live concerts and interview clips, Producer Jim Luce teamed up with three of today’s jazz giants to create a memorable event.

  • Pianist Renee Rosnes and her Quartet honor tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson.
  • Trombonist Steve Toure and an All-Star band (including trumpeter Wallace Roney, bassist Rufus Reid, drummer
  • Victor Lewis and pianist Xavier Davis) honor the transformational jazz trombonist J.J. Johnson.
  • And alto saxophonist Gary Bartz and his Quartet honor the great alto saxophonist Jackie McLean.


The one hour show includes clips of Rosnes, Bartz and Tourre sharing the impact these Masters have had on their own artistic development, and segments of each performing compositions of these icons before a live audience from Hamilton Stage in the Rahway (NJ) Arts District.
Rosnes and her Quartet perform three Henderson compositions, ”Jet Rickshaw”, “Black Narcissus”, and “Y Todavia La Quiero”.   Steve Toure and his All-Star Band perform the J.J. Johnson classic, ”Really Livin”.  And the Gary Bartz Quartet performs Jackie McLean’s signature tune, “Appointment in Ghana”, and a tune that Bartz and McLean recorded together, ”Ode to Super”It’s high art.  And a great way to celebrate some of the transformational jazz artists that paved the way for future generations of
serious musicians. (1 Hour)