Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy to be honored by the Jazz Foundation of America at NYC gala in April

Carlos Santana and blues legend Buddy Guy will be honored at the 2020 edition of the Jazz Foundation of America’s annual “A Great Night in Harlem” fundraising gala, taking place April 14 at New York City’s famous Apollo Theater.

Santana will be presented with the foundation’s inaugural Claude Nobs Award, which is named after the late founder of Switzerland’s famous Montreux Jazz Festival, an event that the guitar great has played many times over the years.

Guy will receive the Jazz Foundation of America’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition to his long and influential career.

Also being honored at the event is the Jazz Foundation’s vice chair and founding director, Wendy Oxenhorn, who will be presented with the Quincy Jones Q & You Award.

Acclaimed producer and drummer Steve Jordan will serve as musical director for the gala. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Jazz Foundation, which provides financial support, housing assistance, medical care and disaster relief to needy musicians. The organization also brings live music to students through its Jazz & Blues in the Schools program.

Tickets for the 2020 “A Great Night in Harlem” gala are available now at

As previously reported, Santana and his band will tour the U.S. with Earth, Wind & Fire this summer, and also have Las Vegas residency dates scheduled in May, September and November.

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