Ertegun Hall of Fame

Established in 2004, the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame honors and recognizes the contributions of the music’s greatest practitioners.

We are thrilled to announce the 2014 inductees into the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame!

Betty Carter
Fletcher Henderson
Elvin Jones
Wes Montgomery

We will announce a series of public Hall of Fame celebration events shortly. Stay tuned!


Below are the criteria to earn a Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame nomination.

  1. Achieved innovation in a style or a concept of playing.
  2. Created an original concept with a body of music or body of arrangements.
  3. Spoke/speaks across generations, unbound to his or her generation’s concept of style.
  4. Originated a definitive style.
  5. Popularized a style without compromising the aesthetic quality of the music.
  6. Occupies a significant position within the jazz lineage.
  7. Influenced musicians across time.

The EJHF honors legendary artists or members of the jazz community based on his or her singular dedication and outstanding contribution to jazz. To date, Jazz at Lincoln Center has inducted 41 members into the EJHF and will continue to induct new members annually. These inductees are nominated by a committee of select musicians and scholars and voted in by an international public vote open to jazz fans around the world. This year’s nominating committee members were Ed Berger, Bill Charlap, Connie Crothers, Aaron Diehl, Jon Faddis, Vince Giordano, Ethan Iverson, Wynton Marsalis, Renee Rosnes, Ellen Rowe, Phil Schaap, and Loren Schoenberg.

Past EJHF Inductees by year

Louis Armstrong (Inducted 2004)
Sidney Bechet (Inducted 2004)
Bix Beiderbecke (Inducted 2004)
John Coltrane (Inducted 2004)
Miles Davis (Inducted 2004)
Duke Ellington (Inducted 2004)
Dizzy Gillespie (Inducted 2004)
Coleman Hawkins (Inducted 2004)
Billie Holiday (Inducted 2004)
Thelonious Monk (Inducted 2004)
Jelly Roll Morton (Inducted 2004)
Charlie Parker (Inducted 2004)
Art Tatum (Inducted 2004)
Lester Young (Inducted 2004)

Count Basie (Inducted 2005)
Roy Eldridge (Inducted 2005)
Ella Fitzgerald (Inducted 2005)
Benny Goodman (Inducted 2005)
Earl Hines (Inducted 2005)
Johnny Hodges (Inducted 2005)
Jo Jones (Inducted 2005)
Charles Mingus (Inducted 2005)
King Oliver (Inducted 2005)
Max Roach (Inducted 2005)
Sonny Rollins (Inducted 2005)
Fats Waller (Inducted 2005)

Clifford Brown (Inducted 2007)
Benny Carter (Inducted 2007)
Charlie Christian (Inducted 2007)
Django Reinhardt (Inducted 2007)

Ornette Coleman (Inducted 2008)
Gil Evans (Inducted 2008)
Bessie Smith (Inducted 2008)
Mary Lou Williams (Inducted 2008)

Bill Evans (Inducted 2010)
Bud Powell (Inducted 2010)
Billy Strayhorn (Inducted 2010)
Sarah Vaughan (Inducted 2010)

Art Blakey (Inducted 2013)
Lionel Hampton (Inducted 2013)
Clark Terry (Inducted 2013)