Mike Seeger

Mike Seeger

1995 RALPH J. GLEASON AWARD Mike Seeger (1933-2009) devoted his life to singing and playing what he often called “Music from True Vine” – the home music made by American southerners before the media age. As he described it: “Music from True Vine grows out of hundreds...
Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman

1996 RALPH J. GLEASON AWARD The father of the controversial free jazz movement, and a saxophonist and composer, Ornette Coleman (1930-2015) became one of the prime innovators in jazz and modern music. VISIT THEIR WEBSITE EXPLORE MORE GRANTEES AllArts and...
Charles Brown

Charles Brown

1997 RALPH J. GLEASON AWARD Tony Russell “Charles” Brown (September 13, 1922 – January 21, 1999), born in Texas City, Texas was an American blues singer and pianist whose soft-toned, slow-paced blues-club style influenced the development of blues performance during...
Dan Bern

Dan Bern

1998 RALPH J. GLEASON AWARD Dan Bern is best known for his prolific songwriting and electric live persona. He has released eighteen albums since 1997 and built a loyal following based on prodigious touring and output of songs in all forms. VISIT THEIR WEBSITE...
Los Lobos

Los Lobos

1999 RALPH J. GLEASON AWARD In 2023, Los Lobos celebrates its 50th anniversary as a band, a rare and impressive feat, as the band continues its great legacy. Los Lobos has sold millions of records, won prestigious awards and made fans around the world. But perhaps its...