During his 60-year career, DeFranco has performed in concert and recorded with artists including Art Tatum, Tal Farlow, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Lenny Tristano, Nelson Riddle, Billy Eckstine, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Art Blakey, Mel Torme, Louis Bellson, Terry Gibbs, and Oscar Peterson. He has made appearances on The Steve Allen Show, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, The Pat Sajak Show, and Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show. DeFranco has also appeared as a featured soloist on The Stars of Jazz television show, hosted his own show, The Buddy DeFranco Jazz Forum for public television, and performed with Terry Gibbs for a segment of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series Club Date.
Initiated in 1982, the NEA Jazz Master title is the nation's highest honor in this distinctively American art form. In addition to the coveted designation, Buddy DeFranco will receive a fellowship award of $25,000 and be invited to participate in outreach efforts, including broadcasts and NEA Jazz Masters On Tour.
The NEA Jazz Master Award is part of the NEA Jazz Masters Initiative and is sponsored by Verizon. Through its support of this initiative, Verizon continues its tradition of supporting quality musical entertainment and education across the country.
Buddy was recently honored by being elected into the American Jazz Hall of Fame - a joint venture of the New Jersey Jazz Society and Rutgers University's Institute of Jazz Studies. Established in 1983, the American Jazz Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the field of Jazz. Buddy joins 204 other members of the Hall of Fame, including many friends and colleagues such as: Art Blakey, Tommy Dorsey, Art Tatum, Shelly Manne, Milt Hinton, Charlie Parker, Norman Granz, Joe Williams, Terry Gibbs, and many more.
He has made both concert and recording appearances with such stars as Art Tatum, Tal Farlow, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Lenny Tristano, Nelson Riddle, Billy Eckstine, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Art Blakey, Mel Torme, Louis Bellson, Terry Gibbs, Oscar Peterson, as well as several Metronome All Star Sessions. He has appeared on the Steve Allen Show, the Jerry Lewis Telethon, the Pat Sajak Show, and Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. He was the featured soloist on the Stars of Jazz T.V. Show, had his own T.V. show, “The Buddy DeFranco Jazz Forum” for Public Television, and he and Terry Gibbs shared the spotlight on a segment of the P.B.S. series “Club Date”.
"WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE" The Buddy De Franco Quartet Buddy De Franco(cl) Kenny Drew(p) Milt Hinton(b) Art Blakey(ds) July,1953 NYC.