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Bill Clinton to receive award for jazz advocacy

  • Former U.S. President Bill Clinton sits with his wife former U.S. Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator from New York Hillary Clinton during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, May 15, 2014. The museum, commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington opens to the public on May 21, with wrenchingly familiar sights as well as artifacts never before on public display. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS)

NEW YORK: Former President Bill Clinton will get a chance to play his saxophone when the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz honors him with its Founder's Award.

The Monk Institute announced Monday that Clinton will receive the award at a Nov. 9 concert at Los Angeles' Dolby 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, says Clinton honed "his creativity on the tenor saxophone" in public school music programs and has 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.

 
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