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UW-Madison bass professor receives nation's highest jazz honor

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The National Endowment for the Arts named a professor of bass, jazz history, and combo improvisation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of four 2014 NEA Jazz Masters, considered one of the highest honors in jazz.

Recognizing his lifetime achievements and exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz, Richard Davis will receive a one-time award of $25,000.

The award places Davis in the same category as 131 luminaries such as Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and the Marsalis family.

He came to UW-Madison after spending 23 years in New York City establishing himself as one of the world's premier bass players.

To read his UW-Madison biography, click here.

Watch Wake Up Wisconsin Weekend at 6:00 a.m. to hear his full story.

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