The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced that the Marsalis family is among its 2011 Jazz Masters Award recipients. This is the first time in the 29-year history of the program that the NEA is honoring a group. The Marsalis family includes patriarch Ellis, a pianist and educator, and his four sons — trumpeter Wynton, saxophonist Branford, trombonist Delfeayo and percussionist Jason. The awards ceremony will be held in January at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.


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