aWards and citations
1994 DownBeat Composer of the Year
1995 Five-night tribute, Montreal Jazz Festival
1996 DownBeat Composer of the Year
1997 French Order of Arts and Letters
1999 Harvard University residency and tribute concert
1999 DownBeat Composer of the Year
2000 “Black Music Star Award” from the Arts Critics and Reviewers
Association of Ghana
2001 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship
2003 New York University residency and tribute concert
2006 Honorary doctorate of music, Brooklyn College
2009 Inducted into the ASCAP “Jazz Wall of Fame”
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