Published: February 1, 2005

Kenny Burrell, director of the Jazz Studies Program at UCLA and renowned jazz guitarist, has been named a 2005 Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Designation as an NEA Jazz Master is the nation's highest honor in jazz. Professor Burrell is one of seven to be named for 2005.

Since 1982, the NEA has awarded the title annually to a handful of living figures in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the field of jazz. The award includes a one-time fellowship of $25,000.

"Receiving this prestigious award from the National Endowment for the Arts is one of the high points of my career," said Burrell. "I am delighted and honored to have been considered among the great musicians, both past and present, who have been given this recognition. I am grateful to all concerned."