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Trumpeter Jimmy Owens, an NEA Jazz Master since 2012, is backstage at Flushing Town Hall before the concert. He led the band after fellow Jazz Master Jimmy Heath fell ill.
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Antonio Hart warns up in a room backstage a half an hour before the show.
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Jimmy Owens' horns at rest under a water fountain just off the stage.
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Sax player Lew Tabackin played with Bayside's own Clark Terry, not to mention the "Tonight Show" band.
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Antonio Hart performs a solo on a Dizzy Gillespie tune.
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Rufus Reid, who has played with just about everyone in jazz since the early 1960s, literally wrote the book — the definitive textbook, that is — on bass playing.
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Saxophonist Antonio Hart (l.) with pianist Kenny Barron, who was named an NEA Jazz Master in 2010.
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Jimmy Cobb, 88, is Miles Davis' former drummer.

The National Endowment for the Arts has, from time to time, designated more than a 120 musicians as Jazz Masters. It is a late-in-life distinction and most who have received it are as exhilarated by the stipend check that comes with it as they are with the honor.

Flushing Town Hall stages an NEA Jazz Masters concert every year with as many designees as it can muster. This year’s show featured three — trumpeter Jimmy Owens, drummer Jimmy Cobb and pianist Kenny Barron — in a concert of Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie, both of whom would have turned 100 years old this year.

The show was sold out weeks in advance. But for those who did not attend, here is what it looked like, backstage and on.

Posted 12:00 am, November 11, 2017
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