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D. Antoinette Handy-Miller: 1931-2002
D. Antoinette Handy-Miller
Flute, historian, administrator

Born: 1931
Died: October 21, 2002 in Jackson, Mississippi

Former director of NEA fund

Copyright © 2002 


Dr. D. Antoinette Handy-Miller was director of the music program of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1990-93 (assistant director 1986-90), and helped set up the National Jazz Service Organization, which administers the National Jazz Network. Her approach in that role was not universally admired, but she exerted huge influence in that position, at a time when funds were available at a more generous level.

She played flute, and wrote on jazz history, including books on the all-women swing band The International Sweethearts of Rhythm and the role of Black Women in American Bands and Orchestras, as well as a biography of Ellis Louis Marsalis, Jr, Jazz Man's Journey.

She died from liver cancer.

JJA members are invited to submit a full obituary or appreciation.

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