The National Endowment for the Arts announced Wednesday that four will receive its 2013 Jazz Masters Award. They will be honored in January at New York's Lincoln Center and receive $25,000 fellowships.
Allison has influenced jazz for more than 50 years. The Mississippi native is a songwriter adept in blues and jazz. Palmieri used his Puerto Rican heritage as a bandleader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. He lives in Las Vegas.
Donaldson has been bopping with his saxophone for six decades. And Gordon has provided a jazz haven for 55 years at the Village Vanguard, New York's longest-running jazz club.