Sonny Rollins to receive jazz foundation prize, Keith Richards to honor singer Merry Clayton (via Star Tribune)

Saxophonist Sonny Rollins will receive a lifetime achievement prize from the Jazz Foundation of America, and Keith Richards will be on hand at the gala to honor former Rolling Stones backup singer Merry Clayton.

The foundation announced Tuesday that the lineup for its 14th annual “A Great Night In Harlem” benefit gala also will feature performances by Randy Weston, Ravi Coltrane, Donald Fagen and many others. Actor and activist Danny Glover will host a musical tribute to the late civil rights leader Julian Bond, who died earlier this year.

The program will take place Thursday at the Apollo Theater.

Rollins, 85, is widely regarded as one of the greatest living jazz musicians. He is being given an award that previously went to Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock, among others.

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