UW-Madison professor nets highest jazz honor
An 83-year-old music professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who has played bass with Bruce Springsteen and classical conductor Igor Stravinsky has been awarded the nation’s highest honor in jazz.
The Wisconsin State Journal reported that Richard Davis won a 2014 Jazz Masters Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Davis says, “It feels good to be honored amongst your peers.”
Other honorees this year were Keith Jarrett, Anthony Braxton and Jamey Aebersold.
Davis is a Chicago native who’s been a professor in Madison since 1977. The NEA says in a statement that he and the other award recipients were chosen for their “lifetime achievements and exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz.”
The award comes with a $25,000 prize.