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Posted at 01:17 AM ET, 06/24/2011

NEA chooses 18 artists for lifetime achievement awards

The National Endowment for the Arts has selected 18 individuals to receive its annual salutes in the fields of jazz, opera and folk and traditional arts.
Charlie Haden 2012 NEA Jazz Master (Photo by Steven Perilloux)

The 2012 Jazz Masters are: Jack DeJohnette, the drummer and keyboardist; Von Freeman, the saxophonist; Charlie Haden, the bassist and composer; Sheila Jordan, a vocalist and Jimmy Owens, the trumpeter and composer.

The 2011 National Heritage Fellows are: Laverne Brackens, a quilter; Bo Dollis, a Mardi Gras Indian Chief; Jim Griffith, a folklorist; and Roy and PJ Hirabayashi, Taiko drum leaders. Others cited in the traditional arts category are Ledward Kaapana, a ukulele and slack key guitarist; Frank Newsome, an Old Regular Baptist singer; Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro, a Pandeiro player and percussionist; Warner Williams, a Piedmont blues songster and Yuri Yunakov, a Bulgarian saxophonist.
Warner Williams, a 2011 National Heritage Fellow (Photo by Michael G. Stewart)

Williams was born in Takoma Park and lives in Gaithersburg.

The 2011 Opera Honorees are John Conklin, a stage designer; Speight Jenkins, the general director of the Seattle Opera; Rise Stevens, the opera star, and Robert Ward, a composer.

There is a plan afoot to combine the awards into a broader platform for all American artists, the NEA announced. The agency was scheduled to make this year’s announcement at its National Council on the Arts meeting Friday morning.

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