Offering numerous programs that focus on support for the elderly and veterans, the Jazz Foundation of America is having a profound impact on the community. The non-profit organization is bringing jazz into schools through performance opportunities, fulfilling needs with emergency assistance as well as providing free healthcare and other services. With a mission of “saving jazz and blues…one musician at a time”, the foundation serves more than 5,000 artists each year. (For more information go to: http://www.jazzfoundation.org/ )
Catch Colors of Jazz for a glimpse into the history and work of the foundation and its upcoming 22nd Annual Jazz Loft Party which benefits the programs. This year party-goers will pay tribute to the memory of Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs, a JFA supporter who passed away in January 2013 after a ski accident. The evening will feature live music by an array of jazz and blues artists; from Bettye LaVette, Shuggie Otis, Ron Carter and Kenny Barron to Sweet Georgia Brown, Stanley Jordan, James Carter, Lakecia Benjamin and more.
This week, Bonnie interviews Rhythm & Blues singer Bettye LaVette. In 2004, Ms. LaVette won the coveted W. C. Handy Blues Award for Best "Comeback Blues Album". She'll speak candidly about her fifty year career in music.
We'll also welcome back drummer T.S. Monk for a birthday celebration of music commemorating the 96th anniversary of his father, pianist Thelonious Monk, born October 10, 1917. Listen to Monk on Monk here.