Pharoah Sanders in his hometown, North Little Rock
North Little Rock native and free jazz legend Pharoah Sanders
has been named as one of the recipients of a 2016 Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, along with vibraphonist Gary Burton, saxophonist Archie Shepp and Wendy Oxenhorn, director of the Jazz Foundation of America. Sanders, who turned 75 last week, will receive
"a $25,000 cash award and perform a free concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on April 4 that will be streamed live on arts.gov."
I wrote about Sanders' upbringing and musical development in North Little Rock last year