Carlos Santana and Buddy Guy are set to be honored by the Jazz Foundation of America at this year’s “A Great Night in Harlem” benefit at the Apollo Theater on April 14.
Steve Jordon is making a comeback as musical director at the annual fundraiser for the Jazz Foundation.
Santana will be conferred the JFA’s first-ever Claude Nobs Award, named after the founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, while Buddy Guy will receive the 2020 JFA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Santana has released numerous live albums and concert films documenting his performances at Montreux. Among the most notable are a 2007 release chronicling his 1988 Montreux set with jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter and a concert film that captured his hits-packed set at the 2011 fest.
Jazz Foundation founder-director Wendy Oxenhorn will be getting the Quincy Jones Q & You Award. She previously won the A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy in 2016.
Tony Bennett and Harry Belafonte were honored at last year’s event. Patti Smith, Common, Savion Glover, Bettye LaVette and Bruce Willis as well as Bennett, performed then.
The Jazz Foundation supports musicians in need, with examples cited as the most recent benefit including those who fell victim to the hurricanes in New Orleans and Puerto Rico, as well as 1,100 individual cases a year that include employment support, health care and even the replacement of damaged instruments for indigent musicians.
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