Berkshire Music Center
Recorded The Abyssinian Mass, a tribute to Harlem's Abyssinian Church
Released Reeltime, first of nine albums issued in a year
His oratorio Blood on the Fields becomes first jazz-related work to win a Pulitzer Prize
Co-founded Jazz at Lincoln Center
Recorded first classical album, Trumpet Concertos
Issued self-titled debut album as bandleader
Made his first recordings with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Received a National Endowment of the Arts grant to study with Woody Shaw.
Awarded a National Medal of the Arts in 2005
With Julyssa Almanza and Valerie Almanza, he was awarded the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award.