Aretha Franklin to Be Honored at Thelonious Monk Institute Anniversary Celebration
Aretha Franklin to Be Honored at Thelonious Monk Institute Anniversary Celebration

Herbie Hancock and Aretha Franklin will take part in the celebration of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz's 25th anniversary.

A concert and a competition are the highlights of the two-day event in Washington on Sept. 11-12.

Hancock will be among the judges for the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The winner will receive a recording contract with Concord Music Group and a scholarship.

Franklin, who sang jazz early in her career at Columbia Records, is being honored with the Institute Founder's Award.

Monk was a jazz pianist and composer and considered one of the most important figures in the genre. The institute was founded in his memory and is dedicated to jazz education.