Guitar greats Buddy Guy and Carlos Santana are to be honoured at the Jazz Foundation of America’s annual A Great Night In Harlem event on 14 April 14. It will take place in the famous surroundings of New York’s Apollo Theatre.
Guy, an eight-time Grammy Award winner, is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his stellar career in the blues. Santana, who has ten Grammys to his name, will be presented with the Jazz Foundation of America’s inaugural Claude Nobs Award, named after the late founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival. Santana and Nobs became good friends and the guitar hero has performed at the festival on many occasions.
Guy, now aged 83, continues to maintain a busy touring schedule, and begins a new run of dates tonight (4 March) in Davis, California. He has shows booked until September, and more details are available at his website. His most recent album was 2018’s The Blues Are Alive And Well.
Santana, meanwhile, last week announced the double-header Miraculous Supernatural 2020 Tour with soul giants Earth, Wind and Fire, to begin on 19 June. Shows continue until November. It’ll be the first time that the two acts have shared stages in the US, and marks a continuation of Santana’s Supernatural Now tour of 2019.
A Great Night In Harlem is named after the famous 1958 photograph by Art Kane titled A Great Day In Harlem, which captured 57 jazz greats. The gala has taken place at the Apollo Theatre since 2001, and celebrates both major aritsts and newcomers in jazz, blues, rock and soul, in aid of the Jazz Foundation of America. NEA Jazz Master and the Foundation’s vice chair and founding director Wendy Oxenhorn is also to be honoured at this year’s event. Tickets are on sale now at the Jazz Foundation of America website.
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