The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz gala concert, held October 26 at the Kodak Theatre, honored B.B King with the Founders Award. The event, dedicated to “The Blues and Jazz: Two American Classics,” brought some of the biggest names in music together to pay homage to the two genres of music. Performers included 2008 Grammy Album of the Year recipient Herbie Hancock, Keb’ Mo’, Cassandra Wilson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Robert Cray, Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter, Poncho Sanchez, George Duke and Lee Ritenour to name a few.
The concert was held in conjunction with the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition Finals; BMI awarded the grand prize to an exceptionally talented composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and big band leader, Sherisse Rogers. Proceeds from “The Blues and Jazz: Two American Classics” gala concert will help fund public school’s blues and jazz education programs throughout Los Angeles Unified School District, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Delta.
Shown at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz gala honoring B.B. King (l-r):
Photos by Michael Bucker & Charley Gallay (WireImage)