Aretha Franklin coming for the Tri C Jazz Fest
The legendary “Queen of Soul” is one of the greatest voices in the history of modern music. The Memphis native fused the gospel sounds she grew up on with R&B, jazz, and pop. After hitting her artistic and commercial stride in 1967, she made over a dozen million-selling singles, and has since recorded 20 Number One R&B hits. In 1987, Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She has won eighteen Grammy Awards and holds the record with eleven “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance” awards. In 2011, the jazz world celebrated her at the 25th Annual Thelonious Monk Competition, making her a Monk Institute Honoree.