Jarrett, Braxton among 2014 NEA Jazz Masters

NEW YORK — Pianist Keith Jarrett says “only music excites me, and awards and ceremonies do not.” But the pianist says he feels honored to receive the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award.

The NEA announced that its 2014 Jazz Masters, the nation’s highest jazz honor, also include avant-garde saxophonist-composer Anthony Braxton, bassist-educator Richard Davis and educator Jamey Aebersold.

Jarrett was cited by the NEA for his work in both the jazz and classical fields. His recording of J.S. Bach’s “Six Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard” with violinist Michelle Makarski is due out in September.

Sequel planned for ‘The Bible’ miniseries

LOS ANGELES — NBC says it will air a sequel to the hit cable miniseries “The Bible.”

The network said this week that it will join with producer Mark Burnett and his actress-wife, Roma Downey, on the sequel. Burnett and Downey produced “The Bible” for the History channel.

Downey starred in “Touched by an Angel” and also played Jesus Christ’s mother, Mary, in the miniseries that aired earlier this year.

NBC says the sequel has the working title “A.D.: Beyond the Bible” and will open in the days following Christ’s death.

Casting and an air date haven’t been announced.

Hikers rescued trying to reach ‘Wild’ bus

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Three hikers, one slowed by an ankle injury, signaled a passing military helicopter with a mirror for rescue from the Alaska wilderness when they tried to reach a bus made famous by the book and movie “Into the Wild,” a U.S. Army Alaska official said.

It’s the second rescue this summer of people making a pilgrimage to the abandoned Fairbanks city bus situated north of Denali National Park and Preserve.

The bus, used for years as a shelter for hunters, has become a destination for those seeking to retrace the steps of Chris McCandless.

“The Bus,” as it has become known, has been the source of multiple rescues since it was made famous, first by Jon Krakauer’s book published in 1996 and then by Sean Penn’s 2007 film, both of which chronicled the life and death of McCandless, a 24-year-old Virginian who hiked into the Alaska wilderness in April 1992.

Associated Press