Wynton Marsalis led the band at the salute to the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Awards. (Fernando Leon/GETTY IMAGES)

Then, as the encore on Tuesday NEA chairman Rocco Landesman announced an infusion for the grant program, NEA Jazz Masters Live.

The point is not only honor jazz musicians but to distribute $135,000 to 12 groups to bring musicians, scholars, writers and producers to U.S. communities.

The DC Jazz Festival has been selected for the 2012 program. Below, DeJohnette joins Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland and Pat Metheny.

Jazz Masters Live, started in 2008, has produced 90 performances and 150 other programs in conjunction with tours by the NEA Jazz Masters.

In addition to drummer and composer DeJohnette, the 2012 Jazz Masters are saxophonist Von Freeman; bassist Charlie Haden; vocalist Sheila Jordan; trumpeter Jimmy Owens.

In the program at Lincoln Center Owens, Jordan and DeJohnette played Ornette Coleman’s “When Will the Blues Leave.”

Sounds like some kind of evening for music, legacy and much-needed financial support.