May 21, 2008
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS ANNOUNCES
DR. MICHAEL WHITE 2008 NEA NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT
Mark Samuels and the Basin Street Records family proudly congratulate Dr. Michael White, who today received the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts – the 2008 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award.
Awardees are chosen for their artistic excellence and contributions to our nation’s cultural heritage and Dr. White, as a primary exponent of classic New Orleans Jazz, is most befitting of this prestigious honor.
Basin Street Records is also pleased to announce the June 10th release of Dr. White’s latest CD, Blue Crescent. On Blue Crescent, as throughout his musical life, for which he was honored today, Dr. Michael White keeps New Orleans jazz alive, not only by celebrating the past, but by creating new music in the classic tradition.