Concert to note anniversary of Monk Institute

By the Associated Press | August 11, 2011 | 5:59 AM EDT

FILE - In this July 26, 2010 file photo, Aretha Franklin is shown in Philadelphia. Franklin will sing at a memorial dedication to the late civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Aug. 28, 2011, on the National Mall in Washington. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin will take part in the celebration of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz's 25th anniversary.

A concert and a competition are the highlights of the two-day event in Washington on Sept. 11-12.

Wonder and Hancock will be among the judges for the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The winner will receive a recording contract with Concord Music Group and a scholarship.

Franklin, who sang jazz early in her career at Columbia Records, is being honored with the Institute Founder's Award.

Monk was a jazz pianist and composer and considered one of the most important figures in the genre. The institute was founded in his memory and is dedicated to jazz education.


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