*Jazz music’s Marsalis family, including trumpeter Wynton and saxophonist Branford, are among the recipients of a 2011 Jazz Masters Award by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Marsalis family also includes patriarch Ellis, a pianist and educator, and his other two sons: trombonist Delfeayo, and percussionist Jason.
It’s the first time in the program’s 29-year history that the NEA is presenting a group award.
The other 2011 Jazz Masters are flutist Hubert Laws, saxophonist David Liebman, composer and arranger Johnny Mandel, and record producer and author Orrin Keepnews.
The nation’s highest jazz honor will be presented in January during a ceremony in New York at Jazz at Lincoln Center.