Former President Bill Clinton will get a chance to play his saxophone when the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz honours him with its Founder’s Award in November.
The Monk Institute announced recently that Clinton will receive the award on November 9th, 2014during all-star concert at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, featuring Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater and others.
The proceeds will support the institute’s free jazz education programs worldwide.
Hancock, the institute’s chairman, said Clinton honed “his creativity on the tenor saxophone” in public school music programmes and had been “a jazz advocate for decades.”
The concert will include the finals of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, which this year is devoted to trumpeters.