2015 Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa ,
DePaul University, School of Music and The Theatre School, DePaul University, Chicago, Il.
2015 Keynote Commencement Speaker, DePaul University School of Music and The Theatre School,
DePaul University, Chicago, Il.
2015 Proclaimed New York City Jazz Record's "Musician of the Year"
2014 Walter Dyett Lifetime Achievement Award, Jazz Institute of Chicago
October 19, 2012 The BNY Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation,
The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
May 16, 2012 Degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa ,
Columbia University, New York City
2010 Inducted into the Downbeat Magazine "Jazz Hall of Fame"
April 11, 1999 Muhal Richard Abrams Day in Chicago, proclamation presented by Richard M. Daley,
Mayor of the City of Chicago