Nation’s Highest Honor in Jazz Goes to LSU’s Mose Allison

LSU Alumnus Mose Allison Honored as a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, Nation’s Highest Honor in Jazz – Allison joins three others in receiving the 2013 honor; awards ceremony and concert being held Jan. 14

BATON ROUGE – LSU alumnus Mose Allison is one of four musicians selected by the National Endowment for the Arts, or NEA, for the 2013 NEA Jazz Masters. The four 2013 Jazz Masters join 124 jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Herbie Hancock who have received this honor.


The four 2013 NEA Jazz Masters include

  • Allison, pianist, vocalist, composer
    Born in Tippo, Miss., currently lives in Long Island, N.Y.
  • Lou Donaldson, saxophonist
    Born in Badin, N.C., currently lives in New York, N.Y.
  • Lorraine Gordon, jazz club owner, is the recipient of the 2013 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy
    Born in Newark, N.J., currently lives in New York, N.Y.
  • Eddie Palmieri, pianist, bandleader, arranger, composer
    Born in New York, N.Y., currently lives in Las Vegas, Nev.


These four individuals are recognized for their lifetime achievements and significant contributions to the development and performance of jazz. They will each receive a one-time award of $25,000.
Allison received a degree in English and philosophy from LSU in 1952 and went on to become known as the “William Faulkner of Jazz,” as he performed around the country and compiled a catalog of more than 55 albums and 240 songs. In August 2010, he received an honorary degree from LSU for an extraordinary and distinguished career as a jazz musician and songwriter. Adept in both the blues and jazz, he defies categorization and has been a major influence on musicians, regardless of genre, for more than 50 years.
“Mose Allison’s fusion of jazz and blues has created a new sound uniquely his own, influencing scores of musicians and songwriters after him,” NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said.
The NEA will partner with Jazz at Lincoln Center to produce an awards ceremony and concert in honor of the 2013 NEA Jazz Masters that will be webcast live on Monday, Jan. 14, on and The ceremony will also be simulcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
For more on Allison’s career and his selection as a NEA Jazz Master, visit
Allison is an alumnus of the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences. For more on the college, visit

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